|Mike was born and
raised in New Orleans,
Louisiana, which may explain his gastronomic proclivities. He received
a B.A. from Rice University in 1969 working with Richard Turner on
cyclization to diterpenes of the kaurene type. As an NSF Predoctoral
he worked under the direction of Gilbert Stork at Columbia University
the use of vinyl silanes as annulation reagents, receiving his Ph.D. in
1973. In 1974, after a one-year NATO postdoctoral stint with Albert
at the ETH in Zürich, he joined the faculty at UCLA where he is
a full professor.
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