Texas A&M University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Frank Albert Cotton, widely considered the world's pre-eminent inorganic chemist, will receive the Lavoisier Award, the highest honor of the French Chemical Society (SFC), on Monday (Sept. 18) in Paris.

"It has been my pleasure and honor for many years to make more and more friends in the French chemical community," Cotton said. "The receipt of the Lavoisier medal is a special indicator that the French chemists respect me as much as I respect them."

Earlier this month, the American Chemical Society honored him for his outstanding research. Cotton has made an indelible mark on inorganic and organometallic chemistry, and chemistry as a whole, through his work. His greatest achievements were in the area of metal chemistry, where he discovered the phenomena of double, triple and quadruple metal-metal bonding. This significant contribution to chemistry has impacted biochemistry, chemical engineering, physics and molecular biology, as well.

Cotton came to Texas A&M in 1972 from MIT, where, at age 31, he was the youngest person up to that time to be named full professor. Cotton joined the Texas A&M faculty as the Robert A. Welch Professor and was later named the W. T. Doherty-Welch Foundation Professor and given the rank of "Distinguished Professor." He currently serves as director of the Laboratory for Molecular Structure and Bonding at Texas A&M.

A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Cotton has won numerous awards for his work, including the National Medal of Science in 1982 and the Welch Foundation Prize in 1994. In 1998, Cotton was awarded the Priestley Medal, the American Chemical Society's highest award, and the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Chemists. In April 2000, Cotton received the Wolf Prize in chemistry, an award many view as approaching the Nobel Prize in stature. Cotton holds 24 honorary degrees from 10 countries.

The Lavoisier Award is named after Antoine Lavoisier, the father of French chemistry.

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