Personal:
Born:
January 11, 1941, Washington, D.C.
Address:
Harvard University
Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology
12 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Tel. (617) 495-2949
Fax (617) 495-1460
evans@chemistry.harvard.edu
Education:
1963
A.B., Chemistry, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
1967
Ph.D., Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
Professional:
1967-1972
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
1972-1973
Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
1974
Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
1974-1983
Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
1983-1990
Professor of Chemistry, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1990-2008
Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Chemistry, Harvard University
1995-1998
Chairman, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University
2008-present
Research Professor
Awards and Honors:
1971
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
1972
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow
1973
Distinguished Teaching Award, UCLA Alumni Association
1982
ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry
1983
M.A., Honorary, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1984
Allen R. Day Award, Philadelphia Organic Chemists Club, Philadelphia, PA
1984
Elected to National Academy of Sciences
1988
Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, American Chemical Society
1988
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
1992
C. S. Hamilton Award, University of Nebraska
1992
Mack Award, Ohio State University
1992
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
1992
Pfizer Research Award for Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Pfizer, Inc.
1996
Remsen Award, Maryland Section, American Chemical Society
1997
Yamada Prize, University of Tokyo, Japan
1998
Tetrahedron Prize
1998
Robert Robinson Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK
1999
The Prelog Medal, ETH, Zurich Switzerland
2000
Arthur C. Cope Award, American Chemical Society
2001
Elected to The Royal Society of Chemistry
2002
California Institute of Technology, Distinguished Alumni Award
2003
The Nagoya Medal, Nagoya University, Japan
2003
Karl Ziegler Prize, Max Planck, Muelheim, Germany
2005
Willard Gibbs Medal, Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society
2006
Ryoji Noyori Prize, Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan
2006
Thomson Scientific Laureate in Chemistry, Thomson Scientific
2006
Glenn T. Seaborg Medal, awarded by the University of California, Los Angeles
2007
Herbert C. Brown Award for Creative Research in Synthetic Methods, sponsored by the American Chemical Society
2007
Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize for Contributions to Undergraduate Education
2008
Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK
2008
Humboldt Research Award for Senior Scientists, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
2008
Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK
2010
ACS Award for Creativity in Molecular Design and Synthesis
2012
Welch Prize in Chemistry, awarded by the Welch Foundation
2013
Roger Adams Award administered by the American Chemical Society
Honorary Lectureships: (since 1980)
1980
Chambers Lectureship, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
1981
Dains Lectureship, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
1982
Arapahoe Lectureship, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
1983
Julius Steiglitz Lectureship, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1983
Lutz Lectureship, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
1984
Ortho-McNeil Lectureship, McNeil Pharmaceutical, Spring House, PA
1984
Allan R. Day Award, Philadelphia Organic Chemists Club, Philadelphia, PA
1985
Abbott Lectureship, Yale University, New Haven, CN
1985
Francis C. Phillips Lectureship, The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
1985
Greater Manchester Lectureship, I.C.I. Ltd., University of Manchester
1985
Ralph F. Hirschmann Lecture, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
1985
Merck-Frosst Lectureship, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
1985
Peter A. Leermakers Symp., Distinguished Lecturer, Wesleyan Univ.,Middletown, CT
1986
Carl Shipp Marvel Lectureship, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
1987
The Reilly Lecturer, Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, IN
1987
Merck Lectureship, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada
1987
The Merck Lecturer, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
1988
28th Werner E. Bachmann Memorial Lecturer, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1988
Alfred Burger Lecturer, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
1988
Sandin Lecturer, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
1989
Robert Robinson Lectureship, Oxford University, England
1989
Third Nova Lecturer, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
1989
R. C. Fuson Lecturer, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
1989
DuPont Distinguished Lecturer, University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN
1989
Roland Pettit Lecturer, University of Texas, Austin, TX
1990
Hirschmann Lecturer, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
1990
Werner Bergmann Lecturer, Yale University, CT
1991
William Rauscher Lecturer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
1991
Burkett Lecturer, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
1992
Mack Memorial Lecturer, Ohio State University, OH
1992
Cliff S. Hamilton Lecturer, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
1992
Merck Centennial Lecturer, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1992
Distinguished Lecturer for 1992 ICI Symposium, Wilmington, DE
1993
Andersonian Chem. Soc., Centenary Lecturer, Univ. Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
1994
Merck Frosst Lectureship, University of Toronto, Canada
1994
Merck-Schuchardt-SFC Lecturer, Division of Organic Chemistry, France
1994
Kennedy Lecturer, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
1995
Syntex Lecturer, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
1995
Lemieux Lecturer, University of Ottawa, Canada
1995
Weihnachtskolloquium Speaker, Universität Heidelberg, Germany
1996
Boehringer-Ingelheim Lecturer at Yale University
1996
Keynote Speaker at Boehringer Ingelheim Fellowship Symposium
1996
Powell Lecturer, University of Richmond, Virginia
1996
Boehringer-Ingelheim Lecturer, Yale University, New Haven, CT
1998
Beckman Lecturer, Caltech
1998
Conferència Fèlix Serratosa Lecturer, Barcelona, Spain
1998
Hope College Distinguished Scholar
1998
Peters Lecturer, Viginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
1998
Gilbert Stork Lecturer, Columbia University
1999
Astra Visiting Lecturer, University of Nottingham, UK
1999
Biomega-Boehringer Ingelheim Research Lecturer, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
1999
Priestley Lecturer, Pennsylvania State, University Park, PA
2000
Robert Robinson Lecturer, Royal Society of Chemistry, London, UK
2000
The Birch Lecturer, The Australian National University, Australia
2001
Merck-Schuchardt Lectureship, Germany
2001
Moffatt Lecture in Chemistry, University of British Columbia, Canada
2002
Abbott Lectureship, Univ. of California, Berkeley
2003
Karl Ziegler Lectureship, Max Planck, Muelheim, Germany
2003
R. E. Ireland Lecturer, University of Virginia
2003
Gassman Lectureship, University of Minnesota
2004
The Holm Lectureship, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen
2004
Bristol-Myers, Squibb Lecturer, Dept of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania
2004
Pfizer Distinguished Lecturer at Michigan State University
2005
Gerhard Closs Lecturer, University of Chicago
2005
Inspire Lectureship, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
2005
McRae Lectureship, Queens University, Kingston, ONT
2006
Roche Lectureship, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Consultantships:
1972-1974
Upjohn Company
1974-1989
Eli Lilly Company
1989-2008
Merck Research Laboratories
1994-2001
Oxford Asymmetry Ltd., Oxon, England
1994-2002
Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharma Company
2002-2013
Amgen
Memberships:
1974-1978
Advisory Board, Journal of Organic Chemistry
1981-present
Honorary Editorial Advisory Board of Tetrahedron and Tetrahedron Letters
1983-1988
Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of the American Chemical Society
1981-1984
Advisory Board to the Office of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, NRC
1981-1985
National Research Council, Committee on Chemical Sciences
1989-present
Editorial Advisory Board, Topics in Stereochemistry
1993-1996
Editorial Advisory Board, Chemical Reviews
1996-present
Editorial Board, Current Opinion in Bio-organic Chemistry, London, UK
1999-present
Editorial Advisory Board, Organic Letters
2003-
Editorial Advisory Board, Accounts of Chemical Research
Resume Summary:
David A. Evans was born in Washington D.C. in 1941. He received his A.B. degree from Oberlin College in 1963. He obtained his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology in 1967, where he worked under the direction of Professor Robert E. Ireland. In that year he joined the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1973 he was promoted to the rank of Full Professor and shortly thereafter returned to Caltech where he remained until 1983. In that year he joined the Faculty at Harvard University and in 1990 he was appointed as the Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Chemistry.

In July of 1998 he completed his three-year term as chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and has gratefully returned to his research group and the pursuit of real science!