R. U. Lemieux Award

Sponsored by Gilead Alberta ULC

Gilead

The R.U. Lemieux Award is presented to an organic chemist who has made a distinguished contribution to any area of organic chemistry and who is currently working in Canada.

View the Terms of Reference and list of Past Winners

The 2019 winner of the R. U. Lemieux Award is:


Andrei K. Yudin
University of Toronto

Andrei K. Yudin received his undergraduate degree at the Moscow State University in 1992. He subsequently worked in the laboratories of G. K. S. Prakash and George A. Olah at USC, where he received his PhD in 1996. Following postdoctoral training in the laboratory of K. Barry Sharpless at the Scripps Research Institute, Yudin started his independent career at the University of Toronto in 1998. He became an associate professor in 2002, which was followed by promotion to the rank of a full professor in 2007. Since January 2015, Yudin has served as the chair of the Board for Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry (a publication of the Royal Society of Chemistry, U.K.). He is an internationally renowned scholar who has created new molecules that serve as powerful tools used for chemical synthesis. Yudin’s concept of “forced orthogonality” has enabled the development of entirely new classes of compounds, previously thought to be too unstable to be used as practical reagents. Yudin has also been active in translating these fundamental discoveries into applications that impact the fields of chemistry, biology and medicine. He has been recognized with a number of awards. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Past Winners

2018
Hanadi Sleiman
McGill University

2017
Cathleen M. Crudden, FCIC
Queen's University

2016
Michael Organ
University of Ottawa

2015
Chao-Jun Li, McGill University
Presented by Zhongxin Zhou, Director R&D, Gilead Alberta (right)

2014
Tomas Hudlicky
Brock University

2013
Marco Ciufolini
University of British Columbia