How Do Enzymes Work?


How Do Enzymes Work?


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(This information was taken from the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series Program 1982-1983).

Dr. Lipscomb, Nobel laureate and Abbott and James Lawrence Professor at Harvard University, was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a B.S. degree from the University of Kentucky in 1941 and a Ph.D. degree from California Institute of Technology in 1946. In 1976, Or. Lipscomb won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his original research on the structure and bonding of boron hydride and their derivative . Dr. Lipscomb received this honor in recognition of theoretical and experimental work over a pan of more than 25 year . Dr. Lipscomb taught at the University of Minnesota from 1946 to 1959 where he headed the Physical Chemistry Division for seven years . He joined Harvard in 1959, and served a Chairman of the Chemistry Department from 1962 to 1965. He ha been Abbott and James Lawrence Professor there since 1971.

A Fellow of the American Academy of Art and Science and of the American Physical Society, Dr. Lipscomb was a Guggenheim Fellow in England at Oxford University from 1954 to 1955 and at Cambridge University from 1972 to 1973. His many honors include the American Chemical Society Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of lnorganic Chemistry in 1968 , the George Ledlie Prize from Harvard in 1971, the Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry of the American Chemical Society in 1973, the Distinguished Alumni Award of the California Institute of Technology in 1977, and the Alexander von Humboldt- Stiftung Senior Scientist Award in 1979.

His Work: Dr. Lipscomb has long been the dominant figure in the field of boron chemistry. Hi research interest concern the interplay between structure and function; in particular, the relationship of three dimensional structures and mechanisms of enzyme and other protein , and the role of geometric and electronic structures in theoretical inorganic and organic chemistry.

His Lecture: March 19, 1983: How Do Enzymes Work?



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March 19, 1983

How Do Enzymes Work?