Brian Lawrence Gray Prize awarded at Chemistry Student Awards Ceremony
The inaugural Brian Lawrence Gray Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar in Chemistry was established in 2010 in memory of the late Brian Lawrence Gray
by his parents, Melvin and Marie Gray
of Garden City, New York. Brian, who received his B.S. in Chemistry from Boston College in 2001, was an exceptionally gifted young scientist and scholar. In the laboratories of Professor Amir Hoveyda
, Brian co-authored scientific papers and was a co-inventor on the discovery of an important catalyst for olefin metathesis that is now used worldwide by chemists in industry as well as academia. It is income from that patent that funds the prize bearing his name.
Chemistry Department Chair Professor Amir Hoveyda, Kate O'Dea, Brian Lawrence Gray Prize recipient Dennis Cheng, and Marie and Melvin Gray.
After graduation, Brian spent two years as a British Marshall Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where he carried out research in the laboratories of Professor Steven Ley
. Brian then returned to Massachusetts and enrolled at Harvard University's Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow and a member of Professor Stuart Schreiber
's research team. Brian had completed the writing of his doctoral thesis at the time of his passing.
Sharing his warm memories of Brian, Department Chair Professor Amir H. Hoveyda presented the inaugural Brian Lawrence Gray Prize to Ka Dennis Cheng at the Chemistry Student Awards Ceremony on 7 May. Dennis, a Chemistry major who will enter his junior year this fall, plans to continue his research in Professor Kian Tan
's laboratory. Dennis aspires to pursue a doctoral degree in organic chemistry when he graduates from BC. He hopes to use his knowledge of chemistry to improve people's lives through drug discovery or to make the Earth a better place for future generations through green chemistry. Brian's parents, Melvin and Marie Gray, and his friend Kate O'Dea
, a BC alumnus, were on hand to honor Brian and to congratulate Dennis.