—Scott Rychnovsky, University of California, Irvine Kevin Burgess Citation: For pioneering work on the applications of BODIPY [boron dipyrromethene] and cyanine dyes in biomedicinal chemistry and intracellular imaging Current position: Gradipore Chair of Chemistry, Texas A&M University Education: BS, chemistry, University of Bath; MS, chemistry, University of East Anglia; PhD, organometallic chemistry, University of Cambridge Burgess on how he became a scientist: “My art teacher at high school made it possible. I had wanted to take chemistry rather than art, and when I presented Mr. Bradnock with my mangled clay pot, he immediately took me to the chemistry class. There, my chemistry teacher, Mr. Bishop, enhanced the motivation process. Alan Katritzky taught me the importance of self-discipline, Ian Fleming and Stuart Warren the importance of clarity in research and teaching, Jack Lewis and Dan Brown encouraged me to try to be a decent person, and Barry Trost taught me passion for science.
by Nina Notman, special to C&EN |
January 13, 2023