Houk Research Group
Kendall N. Houk
Winstein Chair in Organic Chemistry

(b. 1943) A.B. 1964, Ph.D. 1968, Harvard University; Assistant-Full Professor, Louisiana State University, 1968-1980; Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, 1975-1977; Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, 1972-1977; LSU Distinguished Research Master, 1978; Professor, University of Pittsburgh, 1980-1985; Alexander von Humboldt Senior U.S. Scientist Award, 1982; Akron Section, American Chemical Society Award, 1983; Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, 1988; Director, Chemistry Division, National Science Foundation, 1988-1990; James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry, 1991; Schroedinger Medal, World Association of Theoretically Oriented Chemists, 1998; Tolman Medal, Southern California Section, American Chemical Society, 1999; Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2002; Director, UCLA Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program, 2002-present; American Chemical Society Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, 2003; International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science, 2003; Chair, AAAS Chemistry Section, 2005; Saul Winstein Chair in Organic Chemistry, 2009; Member, UCLA Molecular Biology Institute, 2010; Member, National Academy of Sciences, 2010; Robert Robinson Award, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2012; Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2012; UCLA Society of Postdoctoral Scholars Mentoring Award, 2013; UCLA Glenn T. Seaborg Medal, 2013.

Professor Houk's research is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.


Ken Houk delivers a lecture at the 44th National Organic Chemistry Symposium (NOS) at the University of Maryland in 2015 (video)

Ken Houk selected in Thomsom Reuters' Highly Cited Researchers 2014

Author Profile of Kendall N. Houk in Angewandte Chemie; click here to download pdf

QnAs with Kendall N. Houk in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America; click here to download pdf

Ken Houk interviewed in the ACS Organic Division Eminent Chemist series

Professor Houk's 1998 Faculty Research Lecture - "Seeing Molecules React"

A Workshop on Building Strong Academic Chemistry Departments through Gender Equity, January 29-31, 2006


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