Named Lectures in the Department of Chemistry

John C. Bailar Lectures in Inorganic Chemistry

The Bailar Medal and Lectures are in inorganic chemistry and commemorate Professor John Christian Bailar, Jr., a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois from 1928 until his death in 1991. Through his research and mentoring Bailar became known as the father of American coordination chemistry. Recent Bailar Lecturers include Jacqueline Barton, Donald Darensbourg, Marcetta Darensbourg, Lawrence Que, Jr., Robert Grubbs, Kenneth Raymond, Michael Grätzel, Edward Solomon, Malcolm Chisholm, and Tobin Marks.

Willis H. Flygare Memorial Lectures in Physical Chemistry

Physical Chemistry lecture series that has included Michael Bowers, W. E. Moerner, Kenneth Eisenthal, Robin Hochstrasser, Alexander Pines, Stuart Rice and Rudolph Marcus.

Carl Shipp Marvel Lectures in Organic Chemistry

Presented annually, the Marvel Lectures recognize prominent senior researchers in the field of organic chemistry. Recent speakers include Kendall Houk, Paul Wender, Andrew Myers, Jean Frechet, Peter Schultz and K. C. Nicolaou.

Kenneth L. Rinehart Lectures in Chemical Biology

The Rinehart Lectures in Chemical Biology were established at the University of Illinois in 2008 in honor of Professor Kenneth Rinehart, an internationally recognized pioneer in chemical biology who investigated organic compounds with biological activity. Recent speakers include Benjamin Cravatt, Ronald Raines, JoAnne Stubbe, Angela Gronenborn and Peter Dervan.

G. Frederick Smith Memorial Lectures in Analytical Chemistry

In honor of the life accomplishments of its namesake, the G. Frederick Smith Memorial Lecture in Analytical Chemistry is annually organized by the University of Illinois’ Analytical Chemistry Area. The Smith Lecture celebrates important contributions to measurement science and are generously supported by GFS Chemicals Inc. and the Community Foundation of Delaware County Ohio. Recent lecturers include James Anderson, Richard Mathies, Richard Van Duyne, Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, Hermann Gaub, Alan Marshall and Allen Bard.

Nelson J. Leonard Distinguished Lectures in the school of chemical sciences

This School of Chemical Sciences (SCS) lecture series is sponsored by the Nelson J. Leonard Distinguished Lecturer Fund, set up in 1986 by the late Mrs. Louise Leonard, Eli Lilly and Company, the Monsanto Company, Organic Syntheses, Inc., and Professor Leonard's colleagues and students. At the time of his retirement in 1986, Professor Leonard had been at the University of Illinois for 44 years, directed 120 graduate students, and published over 400 papers.

Nelson J. Leonard obituary

Charles David Keeling Lectures

The Keeling Lectures, jointly organized by the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, honor the contributions of Illinois alumnus Charles David Keeling to precision measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide. This series attracts world-class researchers to Illinois to discuss the intersection of chemistry and climate.

Sylvia M. Stoesser Lectures

This lecture highlights one of the early pioneers for women in chemistry, Sylvia Stoesser.  It features an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the chemical community and provides new perspectives in the chemical field outside academia. Recent speakers have included Catherine (Katie) Hunt, Victoria Haynes, Jennifer Holmgren, Ellen Stechel and Sarah Kelly.>

R. C. Fuson Visiting Professors in Organic Chemistry

This lecture is held annually to recognize young faculty members who have made significant contributions to their field of research within organic chemistry.

Ada Doisy Lectures in Biochemistry

This distinguished lectureship series has included numerous Nobel laureates, many of whom received their Nobel Prize after serving as Doisy lecturers.

SAMUEL W. PARR Lectures In Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering organizes the Samuel W. Parr Lectures, which recognize researchers who have made a large impact in the chemical engineering discipline.

Other Lectures

In addition to the Marvel Lectures and Fuson Visiting Professors, the Organic Area of the Department of Chemistry has a number of other lectureships and seminars throughout the year. Click here for the Special Lectureships in Organic Chemistry page.