Dr. Julius Stieglitz, (1867 – 1937) was born in Hoboken NJ. After attending private and public schools in New York during his early years, both he and his twin brother Leopold were sent to Germany for their higher education. Julius received his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Berlin in 1889. Following a short period of study with Victor Meyer at Go’ttingen, he returned to the U.S. in 1890. In 1892, he came to the University of Chicago as a docent, lecturing without salary, his only compensation coming from student donations. In 1893 he was appointed an assistant professor, and moved up through the ranks to become professor of chemistry in 1905. He served as department chair from 1915 – 1933.
In 1933 he was named professor emeritus but continued to teach and serve in the department until his death in 1937. His last doctoral student was Herman Bloch, who went on to have a very distinguished career with UOP and served as Board Chair of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Stieglitz was very active in ACS, serving as Chicago Section Chair in 1904, and ACS President in 1917. He helped to establish the Willard Gibbs Medal, and received the Gibbs Medal himself in 1923. He received honorary doctorates from Clark University (D.Sc.), the University of Pittsburgh (Ph.D.).
Dr. Stieglitz was an organic chemist with a major interest in pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry. During the early stages of his career, he worked for Parke Davis & Co. in Detroit as a toxicologist. If he were alive today, he would undoubtedly be very much involved with the areas of chemical biology that have been a major interest of this year’s lecturer. Upon his death in 1937, the Stieglitz Lecture Series was established, with cosponsorship by the University of Chicago and the Chicago Section. The first lecture was given in 1940, and except for an occasional pause, they have been held each year since. We are honored to have Dr. Sam Danishefsky as the 58 th Stieglitz lecturer.
STIEGLITZ LECTURERS Year Lecturer 1940 Edward A. Doisy 1941 Fred C. Koch 1943 Carl S. Marvel 1944f Linus Pauling 1945 William Draper Harkins 1946 Don M. Yost 1947 Dorothy Wrinch 1948 Vincent duVigneaud 1949 E. S. Cohn 1950 Herman I. Schlesinger 1950 Christopher K. Ingold 1052 Robert B. Woodward 1953 Frank R. Mayo 1954 Paul D. Bartlett 1956 Frank C. Westheimer 1957 Henry B. Hass 1958 Herbert C. Brown 1959 H. A. Lardy 1960 Louis P. Hammett 1962 Nelson J. Leonard 1963 William S. Johnson 1964 Paul Doty 1965 Charles C. Price 1966 H. Gobind Khorana 1967 William von Eggers Doering 1968 George Hammond 1969 D. J. Cram 1970 Jerome A. Berson 1971 Carl Djerassi 1972 Jerrold Meinwald 1973 Andrew Streitwieser 1974 Derek H. R. Barton 1975 E. J. Corey 1976 Bengt Samuelson 1977 James Collman 1978 Joseph Chatt 1979 Gilbert Stork 1980 Robert H. Abeles 1980 Barry Trost 1981 Roald Hoffman 1982 Yoshita Kishi 1983 David Evans 1984 W. Clark Still 1985 Malcom Green 1988 Ronald A. Hites 1989 R. Ernst 1990 George Olah 1991 George Whitesides 1992 William Jorgenson 1993 Peter Kim 1994 Tobin Marks 1999 Frederic Menger 2000 Joanna Fowler 2002 Patrick Gruber 2003 Eric Jacobsen 2004 Eloy Rodriguez 2005 Amos B. Smith, III 2006 Samuel Danishefsky 2008 Joan F. Brennecke