The American Chemical Society (ACS) has named organic chemist Ernest L. Eliel, W.R. Kenan Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina, as the 1996 recipient of the Priestley Medal. He will receive the solid gold medal--the United States' highest award in chemistry--at the ACS national meeting in New Orleans next March.

Eliel, 73, who was ACS president in 1992, says he has been overwhelmed by well-wishers since the announcement of the award was made in late May: "I've received letters from over 100 people--from professional friends, former students, people I've worked with in the past, even from people I've never met [but who have a] background similar to mine. It was all very heartwarming."

Over the last four decades, Eliel has been a prominent force in advancing the understanding of the three-dimensional shape of molecules and the role that their structure plays in chemical reactions, according to an ACS...

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