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Biographical Information About Professor Karl J. Hale
Professor Karl J. Hale is Associate Editor of the high-profile American Chemical Society Organic Chemistry Journal, Organic Letters. He obtained his Ph.D in Synthetic Carbohydrate Chemistry from King’s College London in 1985 (Supervisors: Profs. Leslie Hough and Anthony Richardson). He then went on to do 4 years of postdoctoral research in natural product total synthesis with Professor Amos B. Smith III of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1989, he was appointed to a Senior Scientist position within the Medicinal Chemistry Division of F. Hoffmann-La Roche in Nutley, New Jersey, USA. In late 1990, he returned to the UK to take up a Lectureship in Organic Chemistry at UCL, being promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1995 and full Professor of Chemistry in 1998. In July 2007, Prof. Hale became a Professor of Organic & Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology at the Queen’s University of Belfast (QUB) School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering where he serves as Director of the SynBioc Research Cluster and Head of Section.

Since 1991, Prof. Hale has raised more than £3.5M in grant income from Research Councils and Industrial Sources and he has given over 200 outside invited Lectures at Universities and Companies around the globe including at major International Conference Symposia. His research interests include natural product totalsynthesis, the development of new organic and organometallic reactions, medicinal chemistry, chemical genomics, and cancer/AIDS biology.


Professor Hale has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards and learned scientific society named lectureships including: the inaugural 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry All Ireland Symposium Lectureship (for significant contributions to the field of organic chemistry and raising the profile of chemistry in the region); the 2011 Royal Society of Chemistry Bader Award, Silver Medal and Lectureship (citation: "for outstanding contributions to organic chemistry, including elegant total syntheses and pioneering new synthetic methods of broad use to the community, and his significant contributions to the synthesis and medicinal chemistry of bioactive natural products and their analogs."); the 2011 National Science Council of Taiwan Visiting Lectureship of the Chemistry Research Promotion Center (citation: "This Lectureship is awarded very selectively to the chemists who are highly recognised worldwide"); the 2010 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Invitation Research Fellowship For Organic Chemistry; the 2007 Liebig Lectureship of the German Chemical Society (for outstanding research contributions to organic and medicinal chemistry and chemical biology); the 1998 Pfizer Academic Award for Organic Chemistry (citation: "for his landmark total synthesis of the antitumour antibiotic A83586C") and; the 1997 Zeneca Research Award for Organic Chemistry (citation:  "for his outstanding work on the total synthesis of complex natural products, in particular, the antitumour antibiotic A83586C").

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