Nobel Laureate To Lecture at Texas Tech Chemistry Building

Media advisory about Robert Grubbs discussing his chemical discovery.

WHAT: Robert H. Grubbs to give a lecture.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (March 4)

WHERE: Room 107 of the Chemistry Building on Texas Tech Campus, near 15th Street and Boston Avenue.

EVENT: The public is invited to attend a lecture by Nobel Laureate Robert H.
Grubbs, who will discuss From Fundamental Research to
Applications: The Olefin Metathesis Reaction. Grubbs received the
2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his pioneering work on this deceptively
simple reaction, which allows two molecules to exchange parts and
thereby make new and more useful molecules.

Grubbs is the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at the
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif., where he has been a
faculty member since 1978. Grubbs has received numerous awards, most
notably the Nobel Prize. He was elected to the National Academy of
Sciences in 1989, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences in 1994, and the Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Society of
Chemistry in 2006.

This lecture is part of an ongoing series of lectures in chemistry that honor
Professor Henry J. Shine, who joined the faculty of the Department of
Chemistry at Texas Tech University in 1954. In 1968, he was designated as
the first Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Chemistry, in recognition of his
accomplishments and international reputation in chemistry research.

CONTACT: David M. Birney, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas Tech University, (806)742-3063, or