Robert H. Grubbs
#8418 Overall Influence

Robert H. Grubbs

Nobel prize winning American chemist

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Grubbs is the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He received his bachelor of science in Chemistry at the University of Florida in 1963. He received his master’s degree from Florida in 1965. Grubbs got his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University in New York City in 1968.

Grubbs’s work in chemistry has focused on organometallic chemistry, a relatively new field at the time of his initial research efforts in the late 1960s. He is also a specialist in synthetic chemistry, an exciting field that studies the structure, properties, and reactions of organic compounds. His work has important application for the creation of polymers, pharmaceuticals, and petrochemicals. He is known for developing a family of catalysts, one of which bears his name: the Grubbs catalyst.

Grubbs won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2005, along with Richard R. Schrock and Yves Chauvin. In addition, Grubbs became a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1989 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994. In 2009, he became Fellow of the American Chemical Society.

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Columbia University
Columbia University

Private Ivy League research university in New York City

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California Institute of Technology
California Institute of Technology

Private research university located in Pasadena, California

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University of Florida
University of Florida

Public research university in Gainesville, Florida, United States

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Stanford University
Stanford University

Private research university located in Stanford, California, United States

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#126 World Rank #36 USA Rank
Chemistry