Oral history video between Harold Moore, Professor Emeritus and Larry Overman, Professor Emeritus.Moore’s previous positions include Chair of the Department of Chemistry (1970-73, 1982-85), Dean of the School of Physical Sciences (1985-94), and Research Professor. Moore is a founding faculty member of the Department of Chemistry.
Hal Moore & Larry Overman
About the Interview
Harold W. Moore is founding professor of Chemistry at UCI. Over the course of UCI’s 50 years, Hal has served as faculty member, Chair of the Department of Chemistry, Dean of the School of Physical Sciences, and Emeritus Professor of Chemistry. He has co-published over 200 papers and has received several academic distinctions and honors, including the Outstanding Emeritus Award in 2009. His research interest is in organic chemistry with a main goal of discovering new reactions of synthetic and mechanistic interest. Hal received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Colorado State University, his graduate degree from the University of Illinois, and postdoctoral degree from the Stanford Research Institute. What many may not know is Hal’s love and talent for playing the clarinet. It was through his accomplishments as a musician in high school that he received a scholarship to attend Colorado State University – a pivotal moment in Hal’s life. Shortly after beginning his undergraduate studies in music, Hal changed his major to chemistry and never looked back. His switch from music to chemistry, also led him to meet his lovely wife, Cathy. Together, they would go on to graduate and postdoctoral school. Hal is proud of his family and personal history. He is grateful for the role the clarinet and music has played in his life prior to his career in chemistry, and has been happily married to Cathy for 56 years.
Larry Overman obtained a B.A. degree from Earlham College in 1965 and completed his doctoral dissertation in 1969 with Professor Howard W. Whitlock, Jr. at the University of Wisconsin. After a NIH postdoctoral fellowship with Professor Ronald Breslow at Columbia University, he joined the faculty at UCI in 1971 where he is now Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. Professor Overman was Chair of the UC Irvine Department of Chemistry from 1990–1993. Professor Overman's research interests center on the invention of new transformations and strategies in organic synthesis and the total synthesis of natural products and their congeners. Professor Overman pioneered in the use of intramolecular insertion reactions of organopalladium intermediates for assembling complex polycyclic molecules, particularly those containing congested quaternary carbon centers. Using synthesis strategies developed largely in his laboratory, Professor Overman's group has completed total syntheses of more than 100 structurally complex natural products. Professor Overman is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, where he has served as Chair of the Chemistry Section, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His scientific awards include the Roger Adams Award in Organic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the ACS Arthur C. Cope Award, and the Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry.