Award-winning Cypriot chemistry

Kyriacos "KC" Nicolaou of Rice University has earned three prestigious international honors, including the Nemitsas Prize, the highest honor a Cypriot scientist can receive and one of the most prestigious scientific awards in the European Union. Nicolaou has spent many years puzzling over and solving complex natural products and finding ways to synthesize them; his papers on organic syntheses have been cited more than 50000 times. Nicolaou joined Rice’s faculty in 2013 and is currently working on natural product anticancer drugs. In addition to the Nemitsas Award, Nicolaou was awarded the 2014 Einstein Professorship by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In May, Nicolaou served as the Rolf-Sammet Foundation Visiting Professor at Goethe University, Germany.