42nd IUPAC Council Meeting
Nominee for Secretary General
David StClair Black
Prof. David StClair Black has made major contributions in the areas
of heterocyclic chemistry, coordination chemistry, and natural products.
These include a book (together with J. M. Swan) entitled Organometallics
in Organic Synthesis, and approximately 250 research papers.
Education and Career
Prof. Black received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry at the University
of Sydney. He then undertook a Ph.D. in Cambridge from 19601963,
working with Professor Lord Todd. He was a postdoctoral associate with
Prof. Thomas Katz at Columbia University (19631964) before taking
up a lectureship in Chemistry at Monash University in 1965. He was appointed
to the chair of Organic Chemistry at the University of New South Wales
in 1983. Since 2000 he has been associate dean (Research) in the Faculty
He has spent study leave at the ETH Zürich, Würzburg University,
and Cambridge University, and held Visiting Professorships in Tokyo,
Auckland, Göttingen, Innsbruck, and Kobe, and given invited lectures
at international conferences and major universities.
Professor Black has been a member of the Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry
Division of IUPAC since 1994. He has been division secretary (20002001)
and is currently vice president. He has served as a member and secretary
of the Biomolecular Subcommittee (19952000). He is also chair
of the Subcommittee on Organic Synthesis (1997present) and member
of the Inter-Divisional Subcommittee on Green Chemistry (2001present).
Recently he was also a member of the Editorial Board of Pure and
Applied Chemistry (19972001) and a member of the ad hoc working
party on the Strategic Plan Upgrade. From 19992002, Black was
the chair of the Australian National Committee for Chemistry, with responsibility
for relationships with IUPAC. In this context he was involved in the
planning and execution of the IUPAC Congress and General Assembly in
Brisbane in 2001.
Related Professional Activities
He has been a member of the Editorial Board of Advances
in Heterocyclic Chemistry, and the executive of the International
Society for Heterocyclic Chemistry, serving a term as past president.
He is currently editor of Volume 15 of Science of Synthesis,
being published by Thieme.
Prof. Black has won the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Rennie and H. G. Smith medals, and was national president in 1998.
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