Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society (CSS)

This article was originally published by UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry

Distinguished Research Professor Ken Houk has been elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society (CSS).

According to the CCS, an organization of over 110,000 members, the Honorary Fellow of CCS is granted to the most distinguished chemists from around the world who have made significant contributions to the advancement of chemistry, as well as to the development of chemistry in China and the CCS. It is the highest honor that the CCS bestows upon an individual. Another faculty member at UCLA, Professor Paul Weiss, was previously elected as an Honorary Fellow of CCS.

Renowned for his pioneering work in theoretical and computational organic chemistry, Houk has fostered numerous collaborations with Chinese chemists. Over the past 40 years, he has mentored more than 100 Chinese graduate students, postdocs, and visiting faculty members, all integral to his research group.  30 of these individuals have gone on to become professors in China or the US. Additionally, Houk holds the esteemed title of foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

“I am delighted to be recognized this way by this accomplished group of scientists, many of whom I know and have had the pleasure of working with,” said Houk.  “The progress of Chinese chemistry in the last 40 years has been extraordinary. The contributions of Chinese students and senior collaborators to our scientific discoveries at UCLA in the field of computational organic chemistry continue to be very important, the key to many of our successes.”