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Harry H. Wasserman Biography

Harry H. Wasserman was born in Boston, MA, and educated at MIT and Harvard University, obtaining his Ph.D. under R. B. Woodward. He joined the Yale University faculty as an instructor in 1948 and in 1982 he was appointed Eugene Higgins Professor of Chemistry. His research interests include the development of new synthetic methods and their use in forming systems of biological interest, singlet oxygen, vicinal polycarbonyls and protease inhibitors. In 1979, he co-edited the book Singlet Oxygen, with Professor Murray, which was published by Academic Press. He has served as Chairman, Board of Editors, Tetrahedron Publications, 1998-present, American Editor: Tetrahedron, 1960-80; Tetrahedron Letters, 1960-1998, Editor: Tetrahedron Symposia in Print, 1980-present; Editor, "Organic Chemistry" series, Academic Press, 1971-present. His many honors include Guggenheim Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, 1959-60, Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1968-present, William Devane (Teacher-Scholar) Award, Honorary Member of Phi Beta Kappa, 1977, Chemical Manufacturers Association Catalyst Award, 1985, Yale College Outstanding Teacher Award, 1985, ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, 1987, Member, National Academy of Sciences, 1987, NIH Merit Award, 1989 and ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar, 1990