quinine

Lutz Lecture

Robert Eliot Lutz was born on March 24, 1900.  AFter his early education in the Boston School system and a brief draft into the Armed Forces at the end of World War I, he entered Harvard University, graduating with a B. A. degree in 1921.  He continued his studies in the Harvard Chemistry Department and obtained a M. A. degree in 1922 and the Ph.D. degree in 1925. 

Dr. Lutz joined the University of Virginia Chemistry Department as an associate professor in 1928 and was promoted to full professor in 1940. At Virginia he initiated graduate courses and graduate research in organic chemistry, teaching courses at the senior and graduate levels, emphasizing the then emerging theoretical foundations of his science. He was asked to direct one of the earliest efforts directed toward the synthesis of potential antimalarials. With a group of graduate students, Lutz prepared hundred of synthetic analogs of quinine for testing as antimalarials. Twenty years later, the Walter Reed Army Research Institute turned to Dr. Lutz again for cooperation with problems in chemical synthesis. Working with postdoctorals as well as graduate assistants, Lutz completed the synthesis of a number of new molecules including meflaquine.

About seventy-five graduate students received their doctoral degrees under Dr. Lutz’s guidance and nearly fifty received MS. Degrees. At his retirement, his former students established the Lutz Lectureship.

Date

Lecturer

Affiliation

1971-1972

Professor P. D. Bartlett

Harvard University

1972-1973

Professor Berhard Witkop

NIH

1973-1974

Professor Ernest Eliel

University of North Carolina

1974-1975

Professor Ronald Breslow

Columbia University

1975-1976

Professor E. J. Corey

Harvard University

1976-1977

Professor H. E. Zimmerman

University of Wisconsin

1977-1978

Professor Robert H. Abeles

Brandeis University

1978-1979

Professor J. L. Beauchamp

California Institute of Technology

1979-1980

Professor Paul Gassman

University of Minnesota

1980-1981

Professor Jeremy R. Knowles

Harvard University

1981-1982

Professor Robert Ireland

California Institute of Technology

1982-1983

Professor P. Deslongchamps

University of Sherbrooke

1983-1984

Professor David Evans

Harvard University

1984-1985

Professor Stephen Benekovic

Pennsylvania State University

1985-1986

Professor Christopher Walsh

MIT

1986-1987

Professor Irwin Fridovich

Duke University

1987-1988

Professor E. T. Kaiser

Rockefeller University

1989-1990

Professor Yoshito Kishi

Harvard University

1990-1991

Professor John D. Baldeschwieler

California Institute of Technology

1991-1992

Professor Clayton Heathcock

University of California-Berkeley

1992-1993

Professor Harry Gray

California Institute of Technology

1994-1995

Professor T. Ross Kelly

Boston College

1995-1996

Professor Jeremy Berg

Johns Hopkins University

1996-1997

Professor Gilbert Stork

Columbia University

1998-1999

Professor Alex Klibanov

MIT

1999-2000

Professor Ole Hindsgaul

University of Alberta

2000-2001

Professor Robert Boeckman, Jr.

University of Rochester

2001-2002

Professor James White

Oregon State University

2002-2003

Professor Robert Grubbs

California Institute of Technology

2003-2004

Professor Albert Padwa

Emory University

2004-2005

Professor Peter Stang

University of Utah

2005-2006

Professor Martin Semmelhack

Princeton University

2006-2007

Professor Steven Zimmerman

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2008-2009 Professor Robert Crabtree Yale University