Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Position Title
Professor Emeritus


Organic and biological chemistry; synthesis, chemistry, biochemistry and spectroscopy of porphyrins, hemes, chlorophylls, bile pigments, vitamin B12, other tetrapyrrole pigments, and their molecular complexes; organic electrochemistry; extraction of bio-active natural products, their structural characterization, synthesis, and applications.

Education, Awards and Professional Highlights

  • Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies; Dean of the Graduate School; LSU Foundation James C. Bolton Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.(2001)
  • Vice Chancellor for Research, UC Davis (1997-2001)
  • Chair, Department of Chemistry, UC Davis (1990-1994)
  • Japan Society for Promotion of Science Fellow (1992)
  • Professeur Associé, France (1989-1995)
  • Potts Medalist, University of Liverpool (1988)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Aveiro, Portugal (1985; 1995)
  • Appointed to UC Davis faculty (1977)
  • Corday-Morgan Medal and Prize of Chemical Society, London (1976)
  • Fulbright Award, Harvard University, (1967-1969)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University (1967-1969)
  • Leverhulme Prize, 1964. Parke-Davis Prize (1967)
  • B.Sc.; Ph.D.; D.Sc., University of Liverpool, England, (1964; 1967; 1977)