Eric N. Jacobsen
Dept. of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, 12 Oxford
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 496-3688; (617) 496-1880 (fax)
Mechanistic and synthetic chemistry. Development of
new methods for organic synthesis, with emphasis on
asymmetric catalysis. Physical-organic studies of
reactivity and recognition phenomena in homogeneous
catalysis. Stereoselective synthesis of natural
1993-present: Harvard University
Professor (July 1993-June 2001)
Sheldon Emery Professor of Chemistry (July
1988-1993: University of Illinois at
Assistant Professor (June 1988-September 1991)
Associate Professor (September 1991-June 1993)
Sepracor, Marlboro, MA, 1990-2007 (consultant)
Merck, Rahway, NJ, since 1994 (consultant)
PTC Therapeutics, South Plainfield, NJ, since 2001 (SAB
Amgen, Thousand Oaks, CA, since 2003 (consultant)
NIH General Medical Sciences Council Member
Daiso Company, Osaka, Japan, since 2006
Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Lexington, MA, since 2007 (SAB
Firmenich, Geneva, Switzerland, since 2009
Member, Editorial Board: Advanced Synthesis and
Catalysis, Science of Synthesis
Editorial Advisory Board: Journal of Organic
Chemistry, Synthesis, Synlett, Organic Letters, Journal
of Combinatorial Chemistry, Journal of Molecular
Catalysis, Current Opinion in Drug Discovery &
Development, Chemistry: An Asian Journal
1986-1988: National Institutes of Health
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge,
Research advisor: Professor K. Barry Sharpless
Development of the osmium-catalyzed asymmetric
1982-1986: University of California,
Degree awarded: Ph.D.
Research advisor: Professor Robert G. Bergman
Thesis title: Synthesis and Reactions of Dinuclear
Transition Metal Complexes Containing Bridging Ligands
Relevant to Heterogeneous Catalysis.
1978-1982: New York University, New York, New
Degree awarded: B.S. in Chemistry
Research advisor (1981-1982): Professor Yorke E.
Born February 22, 1960, New York, N.Y.
Married to Virginia Estevez on May 17, 1997.
Three daughters (Adriana, Isabel, and Emilia)
Awards and Honors
Janssen Pharmaceutica Prize for Creativity in Organic
Yamada-Koga Prize (2008)
Elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences
ACS H.C. Brown Award for Synthetic Methods (2008)
Alan R. Day Award (2007)
Mitsui Catalysis Award (2005)
Elected Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
AIC Chemical Pioneer Award (2004)
NIH General Medical Sciences Council Member (2003-2007)
Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize (2003)
NIH Merit Award (2002)
ACS Award for Creative Work in Organic Synthesis (2001)
NIH Medicinal Chemistry Study Section Permanent Member
Baekeland Award (1999)
Piero Pino Prize (1999)
Van't Hoff Prize (1998)
Harvard College Professorship (1998-2003)
Fellow of AAAS (1997)
Thieme-IUPAC Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Fluka Prize "Reagent of the Year" (1994)
Arthur C. Cope Scholar (1994)
Zeneca Chemistry Award (1993)
Pfizer Young Faculty Award for Synthetic Organic Chemistry
University of Illinois Scholar (1992)
Cyanamid Young Faculty Award (1992)
Camile and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (1992)
A. P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship (1992)
Union Carbide Innovation Award (1992)
Merck Faculty Development Award (1991)
Eli Lilly Grantee (1991)
Packard Fellowship (1991)
Beckman Fellow (1991)
NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1990)
UIUC List of Teachers Ranked as Outstanding by Their
Students (5 semesters, 1989-1993)
University of Illinois School of Chemical Sciences Teaching
National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
University of California Regents Fellowship (1984,
New York University Chemistry Alumni Award (1982)
George Granger Brown Award (1981)
New York State Regents Scholarship Award (1978-82)
Plenary and Named Lectureships
Harvard University "Merck Centennial Lectureship",
Cambridge, MA, June 1, 1992.
IIIme Cycle Lecturer (Neuchâtel, Bern, Geneva),
Switzerland, May 13-19, 1993.
SUNY Stony Brook, Schering-Plough Lecturer, Stony Brook,
NY, April 14, 1994.
Dartmouth University "Dartmouth Lecture", Hanover, NH, May
Hope College 1995 Distinguished Scholar, Holland, MI, June
Merck-Lecturer, Universities of Geneva, Basel, and Zurich,
June 21-26, 1996.
Thieme-IUPAC Prize Award Lecture, ICOS-11, Amsterdam, The
Netherlands, July 2, 1996.
Merck-Frosst Lectureship, University of Ottawa, September
Merck, Frosst Lectureship, University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, November 18-19, 1996.
Bender Lectureship, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL,
August 11-13, 1997.
Ziegler Lectureship, Max Planck Institute, Muelheim,
Germany, December 1-5, 1997.
Van¿t Hoff Prize Lecture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands,
November 30, 1998.
Piero Pino Prize Lecture, Naxos, Italy, September 1,
Baekeland Award Lecture, ACS North Jersey Regional Section,
Madison, NJ, October 26, 1999.
Beckman Lecture, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, January 19,
Dowd Lectures, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA,
March 9-10, 2000.
Phillips Lectures, Haverford College, Haverford, PA, April
McElvain Lecture, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI,
December 5, 2000.
Calvin Lecture, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN,
December 6, 2000.
Creativity in Organic Synthesis Award Lecture, ACS Meeting,
San Diego, April 2, 2001.
Wyeth-Ayerst Award Lectureship, Princeton University,
Princeton, NJ, November 1, 2001.
1st BMS Lectureship, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, January
28-February 17, 2002.
Lilly Grantee Symposium Alumni Lecturer, Eli Lilly,
Indianapolis, IN, March 4, 2002.
BMS Lectureship, Columbia University, New York, NY, April
Case Western Reserve University "Frontier of Science"
Lecturer, September 5, 2002.
1st BMS Lectureship, University of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, PA, March 19, 2003.
Carl Shipp Marvel Lectureship, University of Illinois,
Urbana, IL, April 9-10, 2003.
Cliff Hamilton Award Lectures, University of Nebraska,
Lincoln, NE, April 17-18, 2003.
Stieglitz Lecture, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, May
Organic Synthesis Lecture, Carleton College, Northfield,
MN, May 9, 2003.
Ruzicka Lecture, ETH, Zurich, June 30-July 1, 2003.
BMS Lectureship, University of California, Berkeley, CA,
March 16, 2004.
Abbott Lectureship, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL,
April 23, 2004.
Eli Lilly Lectureship, University of North Carolina, Chapel
Hill, NC, May 27, 2004.
Pfizer Symposium, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada,
September 15, 2004.
Dawson Lecture, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY,
September 30, 2004.
Eisai Lecture, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada,
February 2, 2005.
Bachmann Lectures, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI,
March 2-3, 2005.
Derome Lectures, Oxford University, Oxford, UK, April
Gordon Hodgson Lecture, Glaxo SmithKline, Research Triangle
Park, NC, October 10, 2005.
Ernest Campaigne Lecture, Indiana University, October 19,
Merck Lectures, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK, June
MIT Wyeth Lectureship, Cambridge, MA, October 17 and 24,
Merck Frosst Lectureship, McGill University, Montreal,
Canada, March 13, 2007.
Pfizer Distinguished Lectureship, Michigan State
University, East Lansing, MI, March 22-23, 2007.
Novartis Lectureship at Central European Universities,
Slovak Technical Univ., Bratislava; Inst. of Biomolecular
Chemistry, Budapest; Inst. of Chemical Technology, Prague,
April 24-26, 2007.
1st Astellas Lectureship, University of Tokyo, Tokyo,
Japan, August 8, 2007.
Allan R. Day Award Lecture, University of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, PA, September 20, 2007.
Broadbent Lectures, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT,
March 12-13, 2008.
1st Daiso Lectureship, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA,
March 25, 2008.
Yamada-Koga Prize Lecture, Tokyo, Japan, November 14,
Aldrich Lectureship, The Scripps Research Institute, La
Jolla, CA, January 23, 2009.
Boeringer-Ingelheim Lectureship, Columbia University, New
York, NY, October 1, 2009.
Astra-Zeneca Excellence in Chemistry Award Keynote Lecture,
Wilmington, DE, Oct. 14, 2009.
Closs Lecture, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, November