Department of Chemistry, Chernoff Hall, Queens University, Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6, Canada
Victor Snieckus was born in Lithuania and fled with his parents to Germany during World War II. He obtained the BSc at the University of Alberta, Canada; graduate degrees at the University of California, USA, under the supervision of D. S. Noyce, and University of Oregon, USA, with Virgil Boekelheide and carried out postdoctoral studies at National Research Centre, Canada with O. E. Edwards. He taught at the University of Waterloo, Canada, until 1998 and then moved to Queen’s University, Canada, as the inaugural Bader Chair of Organic Chemistry. He continues fundamental research as Bader Chair Emeritus as well as Director of Snieckus Innovations, dedicated to the synthesis of small molecules for the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries. He is a recipient of the American Chemical Society Cope Scholar Award, Arfvedson-Schlenk Preis of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), Canadian Society for Chemistry Bernard Belleau and Alfred Bader Awards and, most recently, Yoshida Lectureship. He is a Lithuanian Academy of Sciences Laureate and a Royal Society of Canada Fellow.