Sponsor: Josef Michl Award Endowment
Citation: For groundbreaking studies of photochemical reaction mechanisms, particularly cis-trans photoisomerization.
Current position: professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Florida State University
Education: B.A., chemistry, Rice University; Ph.D., chemistry, California Institute of Technology
Saltiel on his scientific mentor and why: “I owe my deepest gratitude to my teachers: to Mr. Finfrock at San Jacinto High School, whose love of chemistry was contagious and whose teaching made college chemistry seem easy; to Ted Lewis at Rice University, who guided my first steps in research in physical organic chemistry; and to George Hammond at Caltech, who created that Camelot of modern organic photochemistry and made research such fun.”
What his colleagues say: “Saltiel is one of the most original, innovative, and active photochemists today and is expected to dominate the field for a number of years to come.”—V. Ramamurthy, University of Miami
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