Curriculum vitae
Business address
Department of Chemistry
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720
Home address
5235 Alhambra Valley Road
Martinez, CA 94553
Voice phones
(925) 997-9542
San Antonio Public Schools, graduated from Brackenridge High School, 1954
Abilene Christian College; Abilene, TX; B.S., 1958
University of Colorado; Boulder, CO; Ph.D., 1963
Columbia University; New York City; Postdoctoral Fellow, 1963-64
Professional experience
Champion Paper & Fibre Company, Pasadena, TX; Supervisor, Chemical Tests, 1958-60
University of California at Berkeley Merck, Sharp & Dohme, Rahway, NJ; Consultant, 1968-78
Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, IL; Scientific Advisory Committee, 1986-1997
Medicinal Chemistry A Study Section (NIH); Member, 1979-81; Chairman, 1981-83
Organic Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society
Executive Committee, 1976-79, 1984-86; Chairman, 1985; Ex officio 1986-1999
Organic Syntheses; Editorial Board, 1980-88; Editor-in-Chief, 1986; Board of Directors, 1992-2020
Chairman, 1986 Gordon Conference on Stereochemistry
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Organic Chemistry, 1989-2000
Advisory Board, Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan
Chairman, Chemistry Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2000.
Scientific Advisory Board, Plexxikon, Inc., 2002-2011
Scientific Advisory Board, Amyris Biotechnologies, 2005-2008
Honors and awards
National Science Foundation Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellow, 1961-64
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1967-69
Humboldt United States Senior Scientist Award, 1978
Miller Research Professor, UC Berkeley, 1982-83, 1991-92
Ernest Guenther Award, American Chemical Society, 1986
Allan R. Day Award, Philadelphia Organic Chemists Club, 1989
Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 1990
A. C. Cope Scholar, American Chemical Society, 1990
Prelog Medal, ETH, 1991
Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1991
Pfizer Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, 1993
Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, 1995
Centenary Medal, Royal Society of Chemistry, 1996
H. C. Brown Award, American Chemical Society, 2002
Paul Gassman Award for Distinguished Service, American Chemical Society, 2004
Fellow of the American Chemical Society (Inaugural Class), 2009
Invited lectures

Research interests

Development of new synthesis strategies; biomimetic synthesis; natural products chemistry; stereochemistry of carbon-carbon bond-forming reactions

Selected publications C. H. Heathcock, "The Total Synthesis of (+/-)-Copaene and (+/-)-8-Isocopaene," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1966, 88, 4110.

A. Streitwieser, Jr. and C. H. Heathcock, Introduction to Organic Chemistry, MacMillan Publishing Co. Inc. 1976.

C. H. Heathcock, "Acyclic Stereocontrol Through the Aldol Condensation," Science, Washington, D. C. 1981, 214, 395.

C. H. Heathcock, B. L. Finkelstein, T. Aoki, and C. D. Poulter, "Stereostructure of the Archaebacterial C40 Diol," Science, Washington, D.C. 1985, 229, 862.

C. H. Heathcock, "The Aldol Reaction: Acid and General Base Catalysis," In Comprehensive Organic Synthesis, B. M. Trost and I. Fleming, Eds. Pergamon Press: Oxford, 1991.

C. H. Heathcock, "The Enchanting Alkaloids of Yuzuriha," Angew. Chem. 1992, 104, 675; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 1992, 31, 665.

C. H. Heathcock, "Modern Enolate Chemistry: Regio-and Stereoselective Formation of Enolates and the Consequence of Enolate Configuration on Subsequent Reactions," Modern Synthetic Methods, 1992, 6, 1.

C. H. Heathcock, "Nature Knows Best; An Amazing Reaction Cascade is Uncovered by Design and Discovery," Proc. Natl. Aca. Sci. USA, 1996, 93, 14323.

C. H. Heathcock, "As We Head Into the 21st Century, is There Still Value in Total Synthesis of Natural Products as a Research Endeavor?," in Chemical Synthesis: Gnosis to Prognosis, eds. C. Chatgilialoglu and V. Snieckus, Kluwwer: Dordrecht, 1996.

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Last updated:  23 May 2023