Frank. Albert Cotton, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Texas A&M University and recipient of numerous awards, has been honored with yet another - his 26th honorary doctorate, believed to be the most ever held by a Texas A&M faculty member.

Cotton was awarded an honorary doctorate by Ohio State University on Dec. 7 for his achievements in chemistry. The citation reads: "As one of our nation's foremost inorganic chemists, F. Albert Cotton has made a profound impact on his discipline. He pioneered the field of metal-bonded complexes, and his work has traversed every aspect of modern inorganic chemistry.

"Through his highly regarded textbooks and his skill as a mentor, he has shared his knowledge with the world's scientific community and with his many students. As both dedicated scholar and innovative teacher, he is without peer."

Cotton, who came to Texas A&M in 1972 as Robert A. Welch Professor, says of his latest award, "It is a great honor. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Ohio State University.

"The chemistry department at Ohio State is outstanding, and I have several close friends there. I am highly appreciative of this doctorate the university has bestowed on me."

Cotton now has 26 honorary doctorates from 10 countries.

A major contributor to several areas of chemistry, Cotton discovered the existence of double, triple and quadruple metal-metal bonds. His work has added valuable knowledge to chemistry, physics, biochemistry, molecular engineering and chemical engineering.

Cotton's numerous achievements included winning the 2000 Wolf Prize in Chemistry, one of the world's premier science awards.

He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences at the age of 37 and has been awarded the National Medal of Science, the Welch Foundation Prize, the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Chemists and the Priestley Medal, the highest award of the American Chemical Society.

In addition to holding the rank of distinguished professor, Cotton is a W.T. Doherty-Welch Foundation Professor and director of the Laboratory for Molecular Structure and Bonding at Texas A&M.

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