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Dr. Thomas C. Bruice


Professional Positions:

  • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Yale Medical School, 1955-1958.
  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Johns Hopkins Medical School, 1958 - 1960.
  • Professor of Chemistry, Cornell University, 1960 - 1964.
  • Professor of Chemistry, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1964 - 1995.
  • Research Professor in ChemistryBiochemistry, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1995-present.
Honors and Awards:

Academies and Fellows

American Chemical Society Awards

  • National Academy of Sciences (USA), 1974.
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1976.
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 1979-1980.
  • Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1989.
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 1993.
  • Richard C. Tolman Medal of the Southern California Section, 1979.
  • Second recipient of the Repligen Medal for "Outstanding contributions to the understanding of the chemistry of biological processes, with particular emphasis on structure, function and mechanism." 1987.
  • Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (Organic Chemistry), 1987.
  • First recipient of the Alfred Bader Medal for "Outstanding contributions in Bioinorganic and Bioorganic Chemistry", 1988.
  • Renaud Award of the Michigan State Section, 1988.
  • James Flack Norris Award "Outstanding contributions to Physical Organic Chemistry", 1996.

National Institutes of Health Awards

  • Career Development Award, 1956.
  • Life-time Investigator Award, 1962.
  • MERIT Award, 1990.
  • MERIT Award, 1997.


  • Listed as among "The 1,000 Contemporary Scientists Most-Cited 1965-1978," (Current Contents, 41, October 12, 1981).
  • Listed as among "The World's 50 Most Cited Chemists" Ranked by Total Citations, 1984-1991" (Science Watch, 3[4]: May 1992).
  • Faculty Research Award, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1970.
  • "Reaction Mechanisms in Chemistry and Enzymology": A Symposium to Honor Professors Thomas Bruice and William Jencks, Sponsored by the Merck, Sharp and Dohme Laboratories, October 21 and 22, 1985.

Named Lectures:

Phillips Lecturer, Haveford College, 1970. E.C. Franklin Memorial Lecturer, Univ. of Kansas, 1979. J. Clarence Kercher Lecturer, Univ. of Oklahoma, 1983. Renaud Lectures, Michigan State Univ., 1988. Distinguished Syntex Lecturer, Colorado State Univ., 1989. Leermaker Lecture, Wesleyan Univer., 1995. Reilly Lectures in Biochemistry, Univer. of Notre Dame, 1995. Jerome A. Berson Lecture, Yale University, 1999.
Over 540 publications as of July 2003