Thomas C. Bruice, UCSB professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been awarded the 2008 Linus Pauling Medal. This award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments in chemistry in honor of Linus Pauling, provided annually by the Oregon, Portland, and Puget Sound Sections of the American Chemical Society.
Bruice received his B.S. at UCSB, going on to achieve a PhD, and is focused currently on a postdoctoral appointment at UCLA. He has served on various college faculties, including Yale, Johns Hopkins, and Cornell universities. He is now back at UCSB working as a chemistry research professor. His work is recognized as a significant force in bridging the disciplines of chemistry and biology, establishing the chemical foundations for countless biological processes.
He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, in which he received the national award in chemical sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and has been a recipient of quite a few awards, including the Repligen Medal, Alfred Bader Award, the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, and the James Flack Norris Award.
The scientific journal Bioorganic Chemistry dedicated an issue to Bruice on his 75th birthday, stating, “Tom is an extraordinary scientist. His productivity and creativity are legendary; his curiosity and intense interest in science continue unabated.”