SUCS lecture program archive

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Named Lectures

The Howard Memorial Lecture

The Howard Lectures are delivered at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales by a scientist who has pre-eminence in the area of Organic Chemistry or related discipline. The lectures are funded by a bequest left to both Universities in 1994 by the late Harold Theodore Howard. Howard obtained a BSc from Sydney University and graduated from Sydney Teachers College in Chemistry and Organic Chemistry (Pure and Applied). He taught chemistry for many years (1925-62), and upon retirement in 1966 carried out further research on saponins and steroid chemistry as an Honorary Research Associate at Macquarie University (1966-77) and the University if NSW (1978-85).

Year Speaker
1994 Peter B Dervan (California Institute of Technology)
1995 Andrew G Myers (California Institute of Technology)
1996 Jean Marie Lehn (Université Louis Pasteur)
1997 Edwin C. Constable (Universität Basel)
1998 Clayton Heathcock (University of California at Berkeley)
1999 Harold Kroto (University of Sussex)
2000 Paul A. Wender (Stanford University)
2001 Jeffrey S. Moore (University of Illinios)
2002 Julius Rebek (Scripps Research Institute)
2003 Carolyn Bertozzi (University of California, Berkeley)
2004 Andrew Hamilton (Yale)
2005 Reza Ghadiri (Scripps Research Institute)
2006 Shū Kabayashi (University of Tokyo)
2007 Shankar Balasubramanian (University of Cambridge)
2008 Chi-Huey Wong (Scripps Research Institute)
2009 John Hartwig (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
2010 Gary Molander (University of Pennsylvania)
2011 Chris Hunter (The University of Sheffield, UK)
2012 Phil Baran (The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA)
2013 Andrew Phillips (Yale University, USA)
2014 Stephen Kent (University of Chicago, USA)
2015 M.G. Finn (Georgia University of Technology, USA)
Peter Seeberger (Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany)

The Ernest Ritchie Memorial Lecture

Ernest Ritchie, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Sydney from 1967 to 1976, died suddenly on April 8th 1976. He had a long and distinguished career in the Department of Organic Chemistry starting in 1941. Whilst best remembered for his contributions to the chemistry of plant products, his scientific interests embraced other areas, notably synthetic chemistry and biogenesis. Above all, he had remarkable human qualities of honesty, sincerity and kindness and inspired a generation of Australian organic chemists. To commemorate his life and work, the School of Chemistry launched a memorial appeal to support lectures by distinguished visitors to be given at the University of Sydney under the auspices of the Sydney University Chemical Society.

Year Speaker
1977  Sir John Cornforth (University of Sussex)
1978  Arthur J. Birch (ANU)
1979  Phillip R. Jefferies (University of WA)
1980  Sir Derek H.R. Barton (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
1981  Jack E. Baldwin (Oxford)
1982  Donald J. Cram (UCLA)
1983  Kurt Mislow (Princeton)
1984  Elias J. Corey (Harvard)
1986  Lewis N. Mander (ANU)
1988  Andrew S. Kende (University of Rochester)
1992  J. Fraser Stoddart (University of Birmingham)
1998  Wal C. Taylor (University of Sydney)
2000  Larry Overman (University of California, Irvine)
2002  William R. Roush (University of Michigan)
2006  Andrew Holmes (University of Melbourne)
2011  Amos B. Smith, III (The University of Pennsylvania)
2012  Dale Boger (The Scripps Research Institute)
2013  Dirk Trauner (University of Munich)
2014  David Yu-Kai Chen (Seoul National University)
2015  Chris Vanderwal (University of California, Irvine)

The Liversidge Lecture

Archibald Liversidge was born in London in 1846. After becoming an associate (1867) at the Royal School of Mines and the Royal College of Chemistry, he matriculated Cambridge in 1870. In 1872, Liversidge came to Australia as 'Reader in Geology and Assistant in the Laboratory' at the University of Sydney. In 1874 he was appointed Professor of Geology and Mineralogy and in 1882 became Professor of Mineralogy and Chemistry. Liversidge was appointed first Dean of Science at the University of Sydney (1882-1907) and was a Fellow of the Senate (1879-1904). He later became an Emeritus Professor of the University. Liversidge was Honorary Secretary of the Royal Society of New South Wales (1874-1884) and was a founder of ANZAAS (1888). Liversidge died in 1927 and bequeathed funds to support lectures in Chemistry at the University of Sydney.

Year Speaker
1930  A. Killen Macbeth (University of Adelaide)
1934  T.G.H. Hughes (University of Queensland)
1938  A. Findlay (University of Aberdeen)
1938  J.B. Speakman (University of Leeds)
1949  Sir Walter N. Haworth (University of Birmingham)
1964  J.C. Bailar Jr. (University of Illinois)
1975  A. James Ellis (DSIR, New Zealand)
1976  Sir Derek H.R. Barton (Imperial College, London)
1977  Brian N. Figgis (University of Western Australia)
1978  Stuart A. Rice (James Franck Institute, University of Chicago)
1985  Sir John W. Cornforth (University of Sussex)
1986  John W. White (Australian National University)
1987  Ernest R. Davidson (University of Indiana)
1988  Harry Gray (California Institute of Technology (Caltech))
1990  Gordon Lowe (University of Oxford)
1992  Sir John M. Thomas (Royal Institution, UK)
1992  Sever Sternhell (University of Sydney)
1993  A. David Buckingham (University of Cambridge)
1994  Henry Taube (Stanford University)
1995  Robert G. Bergman (University of California, Berkeley)
1996  Dal Swaine (CSIRO Division of Coal and Energy Technology, Sydney)
1996  John Polyani (University of Toronto)
1997  M.L.H. Green (University of Oxford)
2000  Athelstan L. J. Beckwith (Australian National University)
2001  R. Stephen Berry (University of Chicago)
2002  Stephen F. Lincoln (University of Adelaide)
2003  J. Fraser Stoddart (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA))
2004  Peter Stang (University of Utah)
2007  Jean-Marie Lehn (University of Strasbourg)
2008  Helmut Schwarz (Technical University Berlin)
2010  Wolfram Saenger (Freie Universitat, Berlin)
2013  Ben Davis (University of Oxford, UK)
2014  Martin Banwell (Australian National University)
2015  Samir Zard (Ecole Polytechnique, Université Paris-Saclay, France)

The Alexander Memorial Lecture

Professor Albert Ernest Alexander obtained his BSc at the University of Reading, and his PhD from the University of Cambridge. In 1949 he moved to Sydney to take up the Foundation Chair of Applied Chemistry at what was later to become the University of NSW. In 1957 he moved to the University of Sydney to hold the chair of Physical Chemistry, a position he held until 1970. He was a fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and was elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1960. The Alexander Memorial Fund was established in 1978 as a result of an appeal by the University of Sydney and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry).

Year Speaker
1981 J.T.G. Overbeek (Utrecht)
1982 R.H. Ottewill (Bristol)
1984 R.K. Iler (E I DuPont de Nemours, Delaware, US)
1986 D.A. Haydon (Cambridge)
1987 R.J. Hunter (Sydney)
1988 B.W. Ninham (ANU)
1991 T.W. Healy (Melbourne)
1992 J.N. Israelachvili (U.C. Santa Barbara)
1994 J. Lyklema (Wageningen)
1997 G.T. Barnes (Queensland)
1998 R. Buscall (ICI Technology)
2001 T. Kunitake (RIKEN)
2003 M. Almgren (Uppsala)
2005 John Ralston (U. South Australia)
2007 Professor Brian Vincent (Bristol)
2009 Franz Grieser (Melbourne)
2011 Kazue Kurihara (Tohoku)
2013 Roger Horn (Deakin University)
2015 Paul Mulvaney (University of Melbourne)

The Francis Lions Memorial Lecture

Francis Lions graduated from The University of Sydney in 1923 with a double University Medal in chemistry and organic chemistry. After completing his PhD at the University of Manchester under the guidance of Sir Robert Robinson he returned as a lecturer in 1926 and remained until his retirement (as Reader) in 1966. As a member of staff Lions inspired generations of students; he was noted for his teaching and prided himseld on lecturing without notes. He made major contributions (in collaboration with Frank Dwyer) to the field of coordination chemistry and multidentate metal ligands. Lions was also prominent in University affairs, being a Fellow of the Senate from 1949-1957, elected as a representative of the graduates.

The Francis Lions Fund was established in 1999 as a result of a generous donation and subsequent contributions from former students and colleagues.

Year Speaker
2000 Alan Sargeson (ANU)
2001 David Black (UNSW)
2002 Harry Goodwin (UNSW)
2003 Andy Hor (Singapore)
2004 Brice Bosnich (Chicago)
2005 Roeland Nolte (Nijmegen)
2006 Ian Rae (Melbourne)
2007 Max Lu (Queensland)
2008 Sally Brooker (University of Otago)
2009 Christine McKenzie (University of Southern Denmark)
2013 Richard Keene (James Cook University, Australia)
2014 Leone Spiccia (Monash University)
2015 John Evans (Durham University)

The Noel Hush Lectures

Year Speaker
2009 Abraham Nitzan (Tel Aviv University)
2014 David Clary (Oxford University)
2015 Steven Boxer (Stanford University)

The Le Fèvre Postgraduate Students

The lectures were established in 1985 following a gift of $2000 from Emeritus Professor R.J.W. Le Fèvre, FRS FAA, who was Head of the School of Chemistry and Professor from 1946 to 1970 and internationally renowned for his work in physical-organic chemistry. Up to three annual prizes may be awarded by the Dean of the Faculty of Science, on the recommendation of the Council of the Sydney University Chemical Society subject to the approval of the Head of the School of Chemistry, to postgraduate students enrolled in the School of Chemistry.

Year Students
1985  Margaret Harding, Robert Cooke, John Feeney
1986  Murray Baker, Charles Collyer, Jenny Green
1987  Judith Dawes, Kieren Lin, Andrew Stanford
1988  Greg Allen, Julie Beeby, Paul Burn
1989  David Powell, Greg Russel, John Stokes
1990  Megan Fisher, Jola Sztaba, Adrian Wong
1991  Sue Boyd, Robert Judd, M Mills
1992  Anna Boyd-Boland, Meredith Jordan, Steven Langford
1993  Alan Doughty, Thomas Maschmeyer, Mathew Wilkinson
1994  Kevin Brigden, Paul Clay, Murray Davies
1995  Georgina Long, Sean Galagher, Andrew Terintis
1996  Andrew Johnston, Rachel Codd, Hans Heuts
1997  Leticia Duncalf, Ismanundar, Heather Patrick
1998  Brian Wallace, Matthew Inman, Karina Sendt
1999  James Taylor, Evonne Rezler, Emma Coen
2000  Paul Sintic, David Perkins, Siobhan Waugh
2001  Annalisa Contos, Miles Page, Leon Wong
2002  Gregory Halder, Stuart Prescott, Jennifer Turner
2003  Joseph Guss,Jennifer Bodkin, Matt Hall
2004  Jenny Waern, Deborah Crittenden, Adam Wootton
2005  Joseph Bevitt, Justin Read, Gemma Solomon
2006  David Bray, Peter Brotherhood, Stuart Thickett
2007  Jill Halliday, Jeannette McAlpine, Alexandra Yeung
2008  Neeraj Sharma, Kaitlin Beare, Natasha Sciortino
2009  Mark Hackett, Dominik Konkolowicz, Stephen Butler
2010  Muneer Ahamed, John Doan, Elizabeth Fellows
2011  John Moraes, Jessica Chadbourne, Alexandra Manos-Turvey
2012  Ming Liang Koh, Lara Malins, Cameron Weber
2013  Josie Auckett, William Brant, Jessica Stanley [abstracts]
2014  Michael Morris, Philip Norcott and Stephen Ogilvie [abstracts]
2015  Amandeep Kaur, David McDonald and Marcello Solomon