Named Reactions’ Biggest Fan
Jie Jack Li is an unabashed chemistry fanboy. The author of several books on chemistry topics, he is perhaps most famous for being the author of several editions of ”Name Reactions”, a popular reference book for organic chemists. I interviewed Jack for my story this week on named reactions, and during our interview he revealed a fascinating factoid.
“Whenever I meet a person who has a reaction named after them, I take a picture with them. I have millions of pictures!” he says.
Well, maybe not millions. But the little bit of the collection he shared with me is pretty impressive. Below you'll see Jack with Akira Suzuki, Steve Buchwald, Bob Grubbs, and E.J. Corey.
I’ve been to the Priestley Medal events at the ACS meeting and know for a fact that Jack here isn’t alone. If you’ve got a picture with a famous chemist you’d like to share, email it to me at c(underscore)drahl(at)acs(dot)org. I’ll publish the best of the bunch in a photo gallery on this blog.