P. J. Kocienski
School of Chemistry
University of Leeds, UK

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Philip J. Kocienski was born in Troy, New York, in 1946. His love for organic chemistry, amply stimulated by Alfred Viola whilst an undergraduate at Northeastern University, was further developed at Brown University, where he obtained his PhD degree in 1971 under Joseph Ciabattoni. Postdoctoral study with George Büchi at MIT and later with Basil Lythgoe at Leeds University, England, confirmed his interest in the synthesis of natural products. He was appointed Brotherton Research lecturer at Leeds in 1979 and Professor of Chemistry at Southampton University in 1985. In 1990 he was appointed Glaxo Professor of Chemistry at Southampton University. He moved to the University of Glasgow in 1997, where he was Regius Professor of Chemistry and now he is a Professor of Chemistry at Leeds University.

In addition to Prof. Kocienski's work as an author he is also a member of the SYNTHESIS Editorial Board and contributes greatly to the development of Thieme Chemistry's journals. Furthermore, Prof. Kocienski has also contributed to the Science of Synthesis project where he was an author for Volume 4, Compounds of Group 15 (As, Sb, Bi) and Silicon Compounds. Prof. Kocienski is also responsible for compiling a database called Synthesis Reviews. This resource is free and contains 16,257 English review articles (from journals and books) of interest to synthetic organic chemists. It covers literature from 1970 to 2002.

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