Jack R. Norton

Principal Investigator


B.A. Chemistry - Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 1967

Ph.D. Chemistry - (J.P. Collman) Stanford University, Stanford, CA 1972

Postdoctoral Chemistry - (J. Lewis) Univ. Chemical Lab., Cambridge, England, 1972

Research Interests

Mechanisms of organometallic and inorganic reactions; applications of organometallics to organic synthesis and catalysis; organometallic and bioinorganic proton transfer reactions; use of metalloradicals to control free-radical polymerizations; one-electron chemistry of Lewis acids.

Professional Experience

  • 1973-1979 Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Princeton University
  • 1979-1981 Associate Professor of Chemistry, Colorado State University
  • 1981-1997 Professor of Chemistry, Colorado State University
  • 1997-Present Professor of Chemistry, Columbia University

Honors and Lectureships

  • NSF Graduate Fellow, 1967-1971
  • NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, 1972
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher - Scholar, 1976
  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, 1977-1981
  • Innovation Recognition Award, Union Carbide, 1985
  • Esso Distinguished Lecturer, U. of Toronto, March 1987
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 1989
  • Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists, 1993
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship for 1997
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, 1999
  • Lee Lecturer, University of Chicago, 2001
  • Frontiers Lectures, Texas A&M, 2002
  • ACS Organometallic Chemistry Award, 2005
  • Sierra Nevada Distinguished Chemist, Sierra Nevada ACS, 2006
  • Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, 2013


  • FMC Corporation, 1976-1979
  • Union Carbide, 1979, 1990-2000
  • Tennessee Eastman, 1979-1990


  • External Review Committee, Chemistry Dept., U. of Colorado (Boulder), 1984
  • External Review Committee, Solar Energy Research Institute, 1985
  • Committee for ACS Inorganic Chemistry Examination, 1985
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Inorganica Chimica Acta, 1986-88
  • Executive Committee (Treasurer), Division of Inorganic Chemistry, ACS, 1988-1991
  • Special Reviewer, Metallobiochemistry Study Section, NIH, January 1989
  • Member, Review Committee for the Chemical Sciences Program at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories, March 1990
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Organometallics, 1990-1994
  • AFOSR Chemical Sciences Review Panel, National Research Council, 1991
  • Canvassing Committee for the ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry, 1990-1993
  • Canvassing Committee for the Alfred Bader Award in Bioinorganic or Bioorganic Chemistry, 1994-1997
  • Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Center for Enviornmentally Beneficial Catalysis in Lawrence, Kansas (member since 2008)

Other Activities

  • Associate Editor, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 1992-2003
Columbia Affiliations
Department of Chemistry