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chemistry professor

Harry GRAY, American chemist. Award 1967; Award 1970; Award in Pure Chem; Award 1972; Award 1972; Award 1979; Award 1979; Medal 1985; Medal of Science 1986; Medal 1986; Award 1990; Medal American Institute. N.A.S., American Academy, of Arts and Sciences; Royal Danish Society of Science and Letters.


Gray, Harry Barkus was born on November 14, 1935 in Woodburn, Kentucky, United States. Son of Barkus and Ruby (Hopper) Gray.


Bachelor of Science, Western Kentucky University, 1957. Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1960. Doctor of Science (honorary), Northwestern University, 1984.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University Chicago, 1987. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Rochester, 1987. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Paul Sabatier, 1991.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University Göteborg, 1991. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Firenze, 1993. Doctor of Science (honorary), Columbia University, 1994.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Bowling Green State University, 1994. Doctor of Science (honorary), Illinois Wesleyan, 1995. Doctor of Science (honorary), Oberlin College, 1996.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University Arizona, 1997. Doctor of Science (honorary), Carleton University, 2001. Doctor of Science (honorary), University South Carolina, 2003.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University Copenhagen, 2003. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Edinburgh, 2006.


Postdoctoral fellow University Copenhagen, 1960—1961. Faculty Columbia University, 1961—1966, professor, 1965—1966. Professor chemistry California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, since 1966, now Arnold O. Beckman professor chemistry and founding director Beckman Institute.

Visiting professor Rockefeller University, Harvard University, University Iowa, Pennsylvania State University, Yeshiva University, University Copenhagen, University Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, University Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, University Hong Kong. George Eastman professor Oxford (England) University, 1997—1998. Consultant government, industry.

Kistiakowsky lecturer Harvard University, 1999.



Fellow: American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member: National Academy of Sciences (Nichols medal 2003, award in chemical science 2003), Academy National Linceia, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, American Philosophical Society, Royal Society (London), Royal Swedish Academy, American Chemical Society (award pure chemistry 1970, Harrison Howe award 1972, award inorganic chemistry 1978, Remsen Memorial award 1979, Tolman medal 1979, award for distinguished service in advancement of inorganic chemistry 1984, Pauling medal 1986, Priestley medal 1991, Willard Gibbs medal 1992, Wolf prize for chemistry 2004, Benjamin Franklin medal in chemistry 2004, City of Florence prize in molecular science 2006, Pupin medal 2008, Schulich prize 2008, Antonimi award 2008), Phi Lambda Upsilon, Alpha Chi Sigma.


  • Other Interests

    Tennis, music.


Married Shirley Barnes, June 2, 1957. Children: Victoria Lynn, Andrew Thomas, Noah Harry Barkus.

Barkus Gray

Ruby (Hopper) Gray

Shirley Barnes

Victoria Lynn Gray

Andrew Thomas Gray

Noah Harry Barkus Gray