American organic chemist and Harvard University professor. He became known for his work on the chemical and physical catalysts for organic processes.
After graduating from New York University, he received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
He taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before joining the Harvard chemistry faculty.
He was born and raised in New York City.
He secured a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology laboratory of chemist Karl Barry Sharpless.