For his contributions to research, scholarship, and teaching, Stephen L. Buchwald, Firmenich Associate Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has won the school's 1990 Harold E. Edgerton Award.
The annual $5,000 award was established in 1983 by the MIT faculty in honor of Edgerton, former professor at MIT and inventor of the strobe light, who died this past January. Chosen by a four-member MIT faculty committee, the Edgerton award recognizes young faculty members.
Buchwald, 34, was cited for his research involving molecules such as benzyne and cyclopentyne complexes. He says that he was surprised to receive the award. "To be singled out is quite an honor, but in fact it's also due to quite a bit of chance, too," says Buch- wald, referring to his selection from "a host of other worthy MIT faculty members."
Most recently, Buchwald has focused his research on the use of organometallic...