BUFFALO, N.Y. – John Richard, PhD, UB Distinguished
Professor in the University at Buffalo Department of Chemistry, was
named a 2014 fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
On Aug. 11, the ACS will recognize Richard and the 98 other
scientists named fellows at the society’s 248th national
meeting in San Francisco.
Fellow status in the ACS, one of the world’s largest
scientific societies, is among the highest honors a chemist can
achieve, with fewer than 1 percent of members awarded the
distinction. Recipients are selected for their outstanding
contributions to chemistry and the society.
“The American Chemical Society plays an important role in
explaining the importance of chemistry to the public, and in
advancing the careers of professional chemists,” says
Richard. “I am happy that the society has recognized my
contribution to their mission.”
A UB faculty member since 1993, Richard studies how enzymes make
slow reactions fast.
He has studied a range of problems related to the mechanisms for
organic reactions and for their catalysis by enzymes –
proteins that enormously accelerate the rate of biological
reactions, which are essential for sustaining life.
Richard has edited 15 books and authored more than 200
publications, with 84 appearing in the Journal of the American
Chemical Society. He has received numerous awards, including
the 1988 First Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
and the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) 2007 Special
A frequent contributor to the ACS, Richard served six years as
secretary of the society’s Division of Biological Chemistry.
The ACS Western New York chapter presented him the 2009 Jacob F.
Schoellkopf Award for his service to the chemistry and chemical
engineering fields. He also worked as editor and editorial board
member for several scientific journals, and as a chair for numerous
The NIH has continuously funded Richard’s work since 1988,
and he has received additional funding from the NSF and the
Petroleum Research Fund.
Richard received both his bachelor and doctoral degrees in
chemistry from Ohio State University before completing postdoctoral
work at Brandeis University.
He and his wife, Tina L. Amyes, UB adjunct associate professor
in the Department of Chemistry, live in Williamsville.