Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Chemistry
Hisashi Yamamoto designs molecules of pharmaceutical or scientific interest the way an architect designs buildings. He specializes in the chemistry of acid catalysts that play an important role in triggering or driving chemical reactions. Among his goals, Yamamoto seeks to develop experimental methods that do not require the use of poisonous metallic elements to trigger chemical reactions of special interest. Yamamoto’s many honors include the Molecular Chirality Award of the Molecular Chirality Research Association, the Japan Academy Prize, and the Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry. A native of Kobe, Japan, Yamamoto maintains an avid interest in Chinese brush writing.