Professor Richard Silverman visits with NIU chemistry students

Richard B. SilvermanOn March 7, 2011, Professor Richard Silverman of Northwestern University delivered a lecture and visited with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at NIU. Silverman is the inventor of pregabalin, which is marketed by Pfizer under the trade name Lyrica®. Professor Silverman donated funds to help build Silverman Hall, which houses the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute at Northwestern's Evanston campus.

Professor Silverman has received numerous awards and honors. Just a few of these awards include the 2011 E.B. Hershberg Award for important discoveries in medicinally active substances from the American Chemical Society, being named the 2009 inductee into the Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame of the American Chemical Society, and the 2003 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award of the American Chemical Society. He has also received numerous teaching awards from Northwestern University.

During his visit with the department, Professor Silverman shared lunch with a group of undergraduate students who are participating in research, graduate students and faculty. The luncheon was a great opportunity for these students to meet and interact with Professor Silverman. The students were asked to share information about their own research, studies and future plans, while Professor Silverman had the chance to answer questions and share his philosophies on research and education with the students.

For additional information about Prof. Richard B. Silverman, please see links below.

Silverman Research Group at Northwestern University
Richard B. Silverman, Department of Chemistry
Richard B. Silverman, Interdepartmental Biological Sciences (IBiS)

Perkin Medal award article:
Rick Silverman Awarded Perkin Medal—Highest Honor for Outstanding Applied Chemistry