Michael Harmata

Dr. Harmata

I was born in Chicago in 1959. I earned my AB in chemistry from the University of Illinois in Chicago (1980) and took my PhD degree from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana (1985, Denmark). After an NIH postdoctoral stint at Stanford University (Wender), I began my independent career at the University of Missouri-Columbia (1986) and am now the Norman Rabjohn Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. I’m going on 31 years here. That’s both scary and gratifying. I was the chair of the Organic Reactions and Processes Gordon Conference in 2000 and was recently appointed the first Liebig Professor of Chemistry at the Justus-Liebig-Universität in Giessen.

I like to travel (a bit) and have been thrilled to visit various parts of Europe as well as Japan and Korea. Absolutely wonderful. I like trains of all sorts, especially the Shinkansen trains of Japan, but do have nice things to say about the TGV and ICE trains of France and Germany, respectively. I collect stamps, mostly casually, but I do enjoy both the art and history inherent in many stamps. I do not like the “stickers” that are sold as stamps today. Give me the “lick and stick” types any day. I try to read as much as I can, but confess that it is becoming increasingly difficult to remain apprised of progress inchemistry and read a novel, biography or anything really. Thank God for People Magazine at the dentist’s office. Where would I be without it?

Contact Information:

Professor Michael Harmata
Department of Chemistry
University of Missouri-Columbia
601 South College Avenue
Columbia, MO 65211

Phone: (573)-882-1097
Fax: (573)-882-2754
E-Mail: HarmataM@missouri.edu