NAME AND ADDRESS                                                                               PRESENT POSITION

Dr. F. Albert Cotton                                                                                         W. T. Doherty-Welch Foundation

Department of Chemistry                                                                                   Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

Texas A&M University                                                                                     and Director, Laboratory for Molecular

PO Box 30012                                                                                                 Structure and Bonding

College Station, Texas 77842-3012

DEGREES                                                                                                       PLACE AND DATE OF BIRTH

A. B., Temple University, 1951                                                                           Philadelphia, Pa. - April 9, 1930

Ph. D., Harvard University, 1955   


1 Temple University, 1963

16 Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of

2 Bielefeld University, 1979

Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1993   

3 Columbia University, 1980

17 Università di Pisa, 1994

4 Northwestern University, 1981

18 Universidad de Zaragoza, 1994

5 Université de Bordeaux, 1981

19 Cleveland State University, 1995

6 St. Joseph's University, 1982

20 University of Crête, 1996

7 Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, 1982

21 Michigan State University, 1996

8 Universidad de Valencia, Spain 1983

22 Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI),

9 Kenyon College, 1983


10 The Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, 1983

23 University of Palermo, 1997

11 Cambridge University, 1986

24 Universitat Jaume I, 2000

12 Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt,

25 North Carolina State University, 2000


26 The Ohio State University, 2001

13 University of South Carolina, 1989

27 Hebrew University, 2002

14 University of Rennes, 1992

28 Drexel University, 2002

15 Lomonosov (Moscow) University, 1992 29 Lanzhou University, 2006


1955-1957, Instructor in Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, MIT

1957-1960, Assistant Professor, MIT

1960-1961, Associate Professor, MIT

1961-1971, Professor, MIT; Dreyfus Professor 1969-1971

1972-1984, Robert A. Welch Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University

1982-Present, Director, Laboratory for Molecular Structure and Bonding, Texas A&M University

1984-Present, W. T. Doherty-Welch Foundation Distinguished Professor, Texas A&M University


Phi Beta Kappa National Honorary Society

The National Academy of Sciences (1967); Secretary, Class of Physical Sciences,  (1983-85); Chairman, Class of Physical Sciences (1985-1988); Member of Council, 1991-1994; Governing Board, National Research Council, 1992-94; Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy, 1992-93

American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1962)

American Chemical Society

American Society of Biological Chemists, Inc.

Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Honorary Foreign Member (1975)

New York Academy of Sciences, Honorary Life Member (1977)

Alpha Chi Sigma Professional Chemistry Fraternity, Honorary Member (1979)

Göttingen Academy of Sciences, Corresponding Member (1979)

Italian Chemical Society, Honorary Member (1981)

The Royal Society of Chemistry, Honorary Member (1981)

Indian Academy of Sciences, Honorary Fellow (1985)

Indian National Science Academy, Honorary Fellow (1985)

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Honorary Fellow (1987)

The American Philosophical Society (1992)

Academia Europaea, Foreign Member (1992)

Russian Academy of Sciences, Foreign Member (1994)

The Royal Society of London, Foreign Member (1994)

Institut de France, Academie des Sciences (1995)

Chinese Academy of Sciences, Foreign Member (2002)

Eurpean Acadamy of Sciences (2004)


Progress in Inorganic Chemistry, Editor, 1961-70; member of Editorial Panel, 1970-.
Inorganic Syntheses, Editorial Board, 1966-72; Board of Directors, 1973-77; member of the Corporation, 1978- .
Inorganic Chemistry (ACS), Editorial Board, 1962-69; 1973-89.
Journal of Solid State Chemistry, Editorial Board, 1969-1971.
Inorganica Chimica Acta, Associate Editor, 1970-1997, 2002-.
Journal of Coordination Chemistry, Editorial Board, 1970-80.
Synthesis in Inorganic and Metal-Organic Chemistry, Chairman of International Editorial Advisory Board,
1973- 2001. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Editorial Board, 1973-85, 2002-. Journal of The American Chemical Society, Editorial Board, 1976-85. Nouveau Journal de Chemie, Editorial Board, 1977-1993. Chemical and Engineering News, Advisory Board, 1979-82. Topics in Stereochemistry, Advisory Board, 1979-90. European Journal of Solid State and Inorganic Chemistry, Editorial Board, 1981-. Organometallics (ACS), Editorial Board, 1981-86. Polyhedron, Editorial Board, 1984-1998. Chimia, Editorial Board, 1985-95. Accounts of Chemical Research, Editorial Board, 1993-1996. Russian J. Inorg. Chem., Editorial Board, 1994-. Russian Chemical Bulletin, Internat. Advisory Board, 1995-. Chairman, Publisher’s Advisory Board, Elsevier Inorganic Journals, 1998-2001.


Inorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, study of molecular structure by spectroscopic and x-ray diffraction methods, protein structure, enzyme mechanisms, intramolecular electron transfer.

Over 1560 research publications.


ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry, 1962

Baekeland Medal, North Jersey Section, ACS, 1963

Centenary Medal and Lectureship, The Chemical Society, London, 1974

ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry, 1974

Nichols Medal, NY Section, ACS, 1975

Harrison Howe Award, Rochester Section, ACS, 1975

Edgar Fahs Smith Award, Phila. Section, ACS, 1976

Linus Pauling Medal, Oregon and Puget Sound Sections, ACS, 1976

Southwest Regional ACS Award, 1977

John G. Kirkwood Medal, New Haven Section, ACS and Yale University, 1978

Michelson-Morley Award, Case Western Reserve University,  1980

Willard Gibbs Medal, Chicago Section, ACS,  1980

Nyholm Medal and Lectureship, Royal Society of Chemistry, London,  1982

National Medal of Science,  1982

The New York Academy of Sciences Award in Physical and Mathematical Sciences,  1983

A.  R. Todd Professor, Cambridge University,  1985-86

Theodore William Richards Medal, New England Section, ACS,  1986

Madison Marshall Award, N. Ala. Sect., ACS,  1988

Guggenheim Fellowship,  1989-90

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior US Fellowship,  1990

Chemical Pioneer Award, AIC,  1990

Award in the Chemical Sciences, NAS,  1990

King Faisal International Prize in Science,  1990

Elected Honorary Fellow, Robinson College, Cambridge University,  1992

Paracelsus Prize, Swiss Chemical Society,  1994

University of Padua Medal,  1994

Robert A. Welch Prize,  1994

John C. Bailar Medal, University of Illinois,  1994

F.  A. Cotton Medal for Excellence in Chemical Research,  1995

Polyhedron (Wilkinson) Prize for Creativity in Inorganic Chemistry,  1995

Sigillium Magnum 250 (Inorganica Chimica Acta),  1996

John Scott Medal, Philadelphia,  1997

Priestley Medal of the American Chemical Society,  1998

Gold Medal of the American Institute of Chemists,  1998

Wolf Prize,  2000

Lavoisier Medal, Société Francaise de Chemie,  2000

Award in Organometallic Chemistry, ACS, 2001.