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42nd IUPAC Council Meeting

Nominee for Secretary General

David StClair Black (Australia)

Prof. 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 1960—1963, working with Professor Lord Todd. He was a postdoctoral associate with Prof. Thomas Katz at Columbia University (1963—1964) 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 of Science.

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.

IUPAC Involvement
Professor Black has been a member of the Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Division of IUPAC since 1994. He has been division secretary (2000—2001) and is currently vice president. He has served as a member and secretary of the Biomolecular Subcommittee (1995—2000). He is also chair of the Subcommittee on Organic Synthesis (1997—present) and member of the Inter-Divisional Subcommittee on Green Chemistry (2001—present).

Recently he was also a member of the Editorial Board of Pure and Applied Chemistry (1997—2001) and a member of the ad hoc working party on the Strategic Plan Upgrade. From 1999—2002, 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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