Chemical Heritage Foundation to Present 2006 Othmer Gold Medal to Ronald Breslow

Groundbreaking researcher, prolific author to be honored for a half century of


Jan 27, 2006, 00:00 ET from Chemical Heritage Foundation

    PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chemical Heritage Foundation
 (CHF) today announced that Ronald Breslow, groundbreaking researcher,
 inspiring teacher, tireless leader, prolific author, and energetic
 spokesperson for the world of chemistry, has been selected to receive the 2006
 Othmer Gold Medal. The award ceremony and the annual Othmer Gold Medal
 Luncheon will be the first event in the fifth annual Heritage Day on Thursday,
 May 18, 2006.
     "An individual of multifaceted talents and great achievements, Ron Breslow
 combines a brilliance in research with a motivation to tell the story of
 chemical achievement to all who will listen," said Arnold Thackray, President,
 CHF. "He is the central architect of two major areas of research: biomimetic
 systems and nonbenzenoid aromatic chemistry. His work offers the promise of
 important breakthroughs in the fight against cancer, by modulating gene
 transcription in cancer cells."
     Breslow is celebrating his fiftieth anniversary on the faculty of Columbia
 University, which he joined after undergraduate and graduate training at
 Harvard. He has been active on many levels in the National Academy of Sciences
 and the American Chemical Society (ACS President 1996; Priestley Medalist
 1999). In addition to numerous honors and awards, he also holds the National
 Medal of Science. "Ronald Breslow is one of the most brilliant chemists in the
 world," said Madeleine Jacobs, Executive Director and CEO, American Chemical
 Society. "What really amazes Ron's colleagues and makes him so worthy of the
 Othmer Gold Medal is the astonishing range of important chemical fields that
 he's pioneered and continues to tackle."
     Ron Breslow is the author of about 400 publications, including a widely
 acclaimed 1996 book "Chemistry Today and Tomorrow: The Central, Useful, and
 Creative Science." He holds the National Medal of Science, and has been named
 one of the top 75 contributors to the chemical enterprise in the past 75
 years. He is an accomplished pianist whose public repertoire extends from
 popular songs to improvisational jazz. Colleagues continue to marvel at the
 breadth and depth of his intellect, and of his passion and enthusiasm for
 chemistry. "He has an uncommon capacity for engaging all sorts of people in
 conversation; he is not only a gifted scientist but a great spokesperson for
 the public image and relevance of chemistry," says CHF Board member Paul
 Anderson, himself a Perkin and Priestley Medalist.
     About the Chemical Heritage Foundation
     The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) serves the community of the
 chemical and molecular sciences, and the wider public, by treasuring the past,
 educating the present, and inspiring the future. CHF maintains a world-class
 collection of materials that document the history and heritage of the chemical
 and molecular sciences, technologies, and industries; encourages research in
 CHF collections; and carries out a program of outreach and interpretation in
 order to advance an understanding of the role of the chemical and molecular
 sciences, technologies, and industries in shaping society.
      Contact:  Neil Gussman, Public Affairs

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