Howard Alper Organic Chemistry

World leader in field of catalytic organic chemistry

The Story

Alper is renowned as a developer of tools to synthesize and modify molecules. His simple and practical methods are now being used by pharmaceutical companies in their search for new drugs to counter bacterial resistance to antibiotics. He holds more than 30 patents based on his research, and has authored or co-authored over 430 scientific papers.

Alper recently received the first Herzberg Medal (formerly the Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering). This medal is Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council's highest honour, bringing with it up to one million dollars in research funds over five years.

Sources: ScienceLink Vol. 21 No. 1 Jan 2001; Herzberg Prize winners; UofO Marketing document; Photo: NSERC website

The Person

Full Professor of Chemistry; Vice Rector, Research
U. of Ottawa
  • BSc (Chem), Sir George Williams U., 1963
  • PhD (Chem), McGill, 1967
  • Herzberg Medal, 2000
  • Officer of the Order of Canada, 1999
  • Bell Canada Forum Award, 1998
  • Chemical Institute of Canada Medal
  • Alcan Award, 1980
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April 8, 2015

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