Peter Jacobi

Peter A. Jacobi received his B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1967 from the University of New Hampshire, and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1973 from Princeton University (E.C. Taylor).  After two years at Harvard as a postdoctoral fellow (R.B. Woodward), he joined the faculty of Wesleyan University in 1975.  In 1993 he was named the John Wesley Beach Professor of Chemistry.  In the fall of 1997 he moved from Wesleyan to Dartmouth, where in 2004 he was appointed the New Hampshire Professor of Chemistry, a position he held until 2013.  Dr. Jacobi has been the recipient of the American Cyanamid Company Award for “Advancement of the Art and Science of Synthesis” (1985); the Connecticut Valley ACS Award for “Outstanding Contributions to Chemistry” (1988); and the Caleb T. Winchester Award for “Excellence as a Scholar-Teacher” (1996).  In 2010 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.  He is the author of nearly 100 publications in the general area of natural products chemistry, as well as the text Introductory Heterocyclic Chemistry.

Research in the Jacobi group focuses on three areas of organic chemistry: (1) mechanistic theory, providing a detailed analysis of how reactions occur; (2) synthetic methodology, developing new reactions and procedures for synthesizing organic molecules; and (3) the synthesis of complex molecules of either natural or unnatural origin. This last area is often the most challenging and serves as a measure of our understanding of the science. To date we have carried out total syntheses of over thirty natural products, many of which have interesting biological activity.

His non-chemical interests include travel and outdoor activities of all sorts. In retirement he may try to reacquaint himself with the piano.