George A. and Hilda M. Daubert Professor of Chemistry

Personal and Professional Vitae

Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5080

Phone: (650) 725-0283, Fax: (650) 725-0259, Email: jpc@stanford.edu

Born: October 31, 1932 in Beatrice, Nebraska

Family:           Married: Patricia (Tincher) 1955; Children: Victoria, Pamela, Diane, Carolyn

Memberships:            American Chemical Society; The New York Academy of Sciences; The National Academy of Sciences; American Academy of Arts and Sciences; The Chemical Society (London); Sigma Xi, Phil Lamda Upsilon, Alpha Chi Sigma, Phi Beta Kappa; Editorial Board, Journal of Molecular Catalysis (1990-present); Science Advisory Board, California Museum Foundation; Editorial Board, Progress in Inorganic Chemistry; Board of Consulting Editors, Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters and Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry (1993-present).

Education:     B.S. with Distinction, University of Nebraska, 1954

            M.S., University of Nebraska, 1956

            Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1958

Teaching:       Instructor, Univ. of North Carolina, 1958–59

            Assistant Professor, Univ. of N. Carolina, 1959–62

            Associate Professor, Univ. of N. Carolina, 1962–66

            Professor (of Organic and Inorganic Chemistry), Univ. of N. Carolina, 1966–67

            Professor, Stanford University, 1967–present

            George and Hilda Daubert Prof. of Chemistry, Stanford University, 1980–present


  • Roger Adams Fellow, University of Illinois, 1956–57
  • National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, 1957–58
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1963–66
  • National Science Foundation Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, 1965–66
  • Visiting Erskine Fellow, Univ. of Canterbury, New Zealand, 1972
  • American Chemical Society California Section Award (13 Western States),1972
  • American Chemical Society Award in Inorganic Chemistry, 1975
  • National Academy of Sciences, 1975
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1975
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 1977–78; 1985-86
  • Churchill Fellow (Cambridge), 1977–present
  • George A. and Hilda M. Daubert Prof. of Chemistry (Endowed Chair), 1980–present
  • Distinguished Teaching Award (presented by the Dean of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University), 1981
  • California Scientist of the Year Award, 1983
  • Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, 1986
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Nebraska, 1988
  • Allan V. Cox Medal for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research, 1988
  • Docteur Honoris Causa, Universite de Bourgogne, France, 1988
  • American Chemical Society Pauling Award (Puget Sound and Oregon Section), 1990
  • American Chemical Society Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry, 1991
  • Honorary Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, 1992
  • 1994 LAS Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994
  • John C. Bailar Jr., Medalist, 1995
  • Bing Fellowship Award, 1996
  • American Chemical Society Alfred Bader Award in Bioinorganic or Bioorganic Chemistry, 1997
  • Joseph Chatt Lectureship, 1998
  • Basolo Medal, Chicago, American Chemical Society, October 6, 2000
  • Hans Fischer Award in Porphyrin Chemistry, International Conference of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, Japan, 2002.
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2004
  • The Oesper Award, 2007
  • International Award in Coordination Chemistry from the Japanese Society of Coordination Chemistry, 2008
  • Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry, American Chemical Society, March 24, 2009

Research Interests:

  • Discovery, synthesis, and mechanisms of electrochemical catalysts for multi-electron redox reactions
  • Synthesis and characterization of porphyrin complexes containing multiple metal-metal bonds and having various bond orders
  • Oxidation catalysts which mimic the cytochrome P-450 system
  • Synthesis and full characterization of analogs of the oxygen-binding and activating hemoproteins

Distinguished Lectures:

Frontiers in Chemistry, 1964

Nebraska Lectureship, 1968

Internatl. Conference on Coordination Chemistry, Sydney, 1969

Venable Lecturer, University of North Carolina, 1971

Edward Clark Lee Lecturer, University of Chicago, 1972

Erskine Lecturer, Univ. of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1972

Plenary Lecturer, 6th Internatl. Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, Amherst, 1973

Plenary Lecturer, Annual Meeting of the French Chemical Society, 1974

Drefus Lecturer, University of Kansas, 1974

Distinguished Inorganic Lecturer, University of Rochester, 1974

Reilley Lecturer, University of Notre Dame, 1975

William Pyle Phillips Lecturer, Haverford College, 1975

Merck Lecturer, Rutgers University, 1976

Mack Memorial Award Lecturer, Ohio State Univ., 1976

Steiglitz Lecturer, American Chemical Society (Chicago Section), 1977

FMC Lecturer, Princeton University, 1977

Iddles Lecturer, Univ. of New Hampshire, 1977

Frontiers in Chemistry Lecture, Case Western Reserve Univ., 1977

Keynote Lecturer, ANZAAS Joint Conference New Zealand/Australia, 1979

Frank C. Whitmore Lecturer, Pennsylvania State Univ., 1980

Plenary Lecturer, 1st Whitney Symposium, General Electric, Schenectady, 1980

Plenary Lecturer, Venable Centennial Celebration, Univ. of N. Carolina, 1980

Invited Lecturer, 10th Okazaki Conference, Japan, 1980

Brockman Lecturer, University of Georgia, 1981

Samuel C. Lind Lecturer, East Tennessee Section, American Chemical Society, Univ. of Tennessee, 1981

Plenary Lecturer, 2nd Intnatl. Kyoto Conference on New Aspects of Organic Chemistry, 1982

Plenary Lecturer, Intnatl. Symposium on Models of Enzyme Action, Brighton, UK, 1983

Syntex Distinguished Lecturer, Colorado State University, 1983

Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, University of Florida, 1983

Invited Lecturer, Gordon Research Conference "Metals in Biology," Feb. 1984

Invited Lecturer, Catalytica Symposium "Advanced Catalytic Technologies," April 1984

Plenary Lecturer, Intnatl. "Activation of Dioxygen Species and Homogeneous Catalytic Oxidations" Symposium, Italy, June 1984

Invited Lecturer, Gordon Research Conference on Natural Products, July 1984

Frontiers in Chemistry Lecturer, Case Western Reserve Univ., March 1987

Nelson J. Leonard Lecturer, University of Illinois, March 1987

Plenary Lecturer, Intnatl. Symposium on Activation of Dioxygen and Homogeneous Catalytic Oxygenations, Tsukuba, Japan, July 1987

Plenary Lecturer, 12th Intnatl. Symposium on Macrocyclic Chemistry, Hiroshima, Japan, July 1987

Frontiers in Chemical Research Lecturer, Texas A&M Univ., April 1988

G.C.A. Schuit Symposium Invited Speaker, Univ. of Delaware, October 1988

J. Clarence Karcher Lecturer, Univ. of Oklahoma, May 1989

Musselman Lecturer, 11th Annual Musselman Lecture, Gettysburg College, April 1990

Davis Lecturer, 12th Annual Donald. G. Davis Lecture, Univ. of New Orleans, March 1991

PLU Lecturer, Oklahoma State University, April 1991

5th Intnatl. Fischer Symposium Lecturer, Karlsruhe, Germany, June 1991

Euchem Conference on "Perspectives in Organometallic and Coordination Chemistry" Lecturer, September 1991

Pratt Lectures, University of Virginia, April 1992

John K. Stille Science Symposium Lecturer, Colorado State University, May 1992

Charles A. Stiefvater Lecturer, University of Nebraska, September 1992

Frontiers in Chemistry Lecturer, The Scripps Research Institute, February 1993

Florida Catalysis Conference Lecturer, Palm Coast, Florida, April 1993

Rowland Pettit Centennial Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin, April 1993

ICBIC (International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry) Invited Lecturer, University of California San Diego, August 1993

Bicentennial Symposium Lecturer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, March 1994

Frontiers of Science Symposium, Delft University of Technology, Laboratory for Organic Chemistry and Catalysis, Delft, The Netherlands, April 1994

Three Ida Beam Lectures, University of Iowa, April 1994.

15th Biennial Gordon Research Conference, Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, July 1994

Dov Elad Memorial Lecturer, June 1996

Gordon Research Conference, Henniker, New Hampshire, July 1996

Jonassen Lecture, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 1996

Invited as Watkins Visiting Professor, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, March 24-26, 1997

University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, April 19, 1997

University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, June 2, 1997

10th International Conference on Cytochrome P450, San Francisco, California, August 1997

Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, April 3, 1998

Joseph Chatt Lecture Tour, England, April 28- May 10, 1998

Volga River Workshop INEOS-98, Russia, May 18-23, 1998

XXIII International Symposium on Macrocyclic Chemistry, Oahu, Hawaii, June 7-12, 1998

Gordon Research Conference, Newport, Rhode Island, July 12-17, 1998

University of Oregon, September 24-26, 1998

Hiroshima Symposium on Biometallics, Osaka, Japan, Nov. 27-Dec. 4, 1998

New Zealand, January 13-February 3, 1999

University of California, San Diego, CA, March 4, 1999

217th ACS National Meeting, Anaheim, CA, March 21-25, 1999

Sixth Symposium of Chemistry Postgraduate Research in Hong Kong, China, April 20-25, 1999

Marker Lecturer, Penn State University, October 12-14, 1999

Plenary Lecturer, 1st International Meeting on Porphyrins, Dijon, France, June 26, 2000

Plenary Lecturer, International Meeting on Porphyrin Chemistry, Kyoto, Japan, June 23-July 6, 2002.  In addition to Plenary Lecture, gave a series of lectures at various Japanese Universities

Taube Lecture, Stanford University, “Using Functional Models to Understand the Four-Electron Reduction of Dioxygen by Cytochrome c Oxidase Under Steady State Conditions”, May 23, 2006

University of Auckland, New Zealand, “Functional Models for Cytochrome c Oxidase, February, 2007


  • Principles and Applications of Organotransition Metal Chemistry, Part 1, with Louis  S. Hegedus, University Science Books, 1980
  • Principles and Applications of Organotransition Metal Chemistry, Part 2, with Louis S. Hegedus, Jack R. Norton and Richard G. Finke. University Science Books, 1987
  • Naturally Dangerous, Surprising Facts About Food, Health, and the Environment, University Science Books, 2001


University Committee:

Within the Chemistry Department: Member of the Industrial Affiliates Committee, the Executive Committee, Graduate Admission Committee.

Publications: Over 370 scientific articles have been published.