Lambert Lecture

The Lambert Lecture is supported by an endowment established by alumnus Benjamin Lambert , who earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Boston University (CAS ’55). After graduating from law school, he went on to pursue a distinguished career as a patent attorney with such major pharmaceutical companies as Merck and Johnhson & Johnson. Each year, the Lambert Lecture addresses different topics in organic chemistry, the field of Lambert’s undergraduate and graduate studies, and features some of the most distinguished and creative scientists working in the field of organic chemistry today.

Previous Lambert Speakers


2016 Lecture

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Prof. Robert Williams
Department of Chemistry
Colorado State University
Enantiomeric Natural Products: Synthesis, Biogenesis and Evolutionary Origins
April 25, 2016




2015 Lecture
Bertozzi_PosterProf. Carolyn Bertozzi
Department of Chemistry
University of California, Berkeley
Bioorthogonal Chemistry for Glycoprofiling and Beyond
April 27, 2015





2014 Lecture

Lambert Lecture PosterProf. Andrew Myers
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Harvard University
A practical synthetic platform for the discovery of new macrolide antibiotics
April 29, 2013





2013 Lecture
Smith Lambert PosterProf. Amos B. Smith
Department of Chemistry
University of Pennsylvania
Evolution of Anion Relay Chemistry (ARC): Design, Synthesis and Validation of Recoverable Siloxane-Based Transfer Agents for Palladium-CatalyzedCross-Coupling Reactions
April 29, 2013





2012 Lecture
LambertPoster2012Prof. Larry Overman
Department of Chemistry
University of California, Irvine
Recent Studies in Stereoselective Synthesis of Bioactive Heterocycles
April 27, 2012





2011 Lecture
2011 Lambert Lecture PosterYoshito Kishi
Professor Emeritus Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Harvard University
Natural Product Synthesis
March 28, 2011





2010 Lecture
Lambert Lecture 2010
Dale L. Boger
Richard and Alice Kramer Professor of Chemistry
The Scripps Research Institute
Vinblastine: Synthetic and Mechanistic Studies
April 12, 2010




2009 Lecture
Lambert Lecture 2008/2009Hisashi Yamamoto
Professor of Chemistry
University of Chicago
Design of Acid Catalysts for Asymmetric Synthesis
April 27, 2009





2007 Lecture
Robert H. Grubbs
Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry
California Institute of Technology
Metathesis: Catalysts & Applications
October 15, 2007

To view pictures from the post lecture reception, please click here.




2006 Lecture
Professor E. J. Corey
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Harvard University
Chiral Cations as Catalysts for Enantioselective Synthesis: Pathways and Applications
March 27, 2006

Photographs of the dinner Honoring Professor Corey and Mr. Lambert, as well as of Prof. Corey’s lunch with Chemistry students earlier in the day can be viewed here.



2005 Lecture
Dr. Edward J.J. Grabowski
Vice President – Chemistry Emeritus
Process Resarch, Merck Research Laboratories, Merck & Co., Inc.
Reflections on Process Research
April 4, 2005





2004 Inaugural Lecture
Professor Samuel J. Danishefsky
Laboratory for Biorganic Chemistry at Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research and Department of Chemistry, Columbia University
Reflections on the Power of Organic Synthesis
April 26, 2004