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David N. Harpp
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A.B. - Middlebury College - 1959
M.A. - Wesleyan Univ. - 1962
Ph.D. - Univ. of North Carolina - 1965
1965-1966: Research Associate, Cornell Univ.
1966-1971: Assistant Professor, McGill Univ.
1971-1974: Associate Professor, McGill Univ.
1975-       : Professor, McGill Univ.
2001-       : Macdonald Professor, McGill Univ.

  • Union Carbide Award for Chemical Education, Chemical Institute of Canada, 1982
  • McGill University Faculty of Science, Leo Yaffe Award for Excellence in Teaching (Inaugural Award), 1982
  • Chemical Manufacturer's Association National Catalyst Award (U.S., Canada), 1988
  • The Royal Society of Canada's McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science (Inaugural Award), 1992
  • Beppo Award for the Popularization of Science, from the "Conseil de Développement du loisir Scientifique du Québec", 1993
  • The Edward Leete Award of the Organic Division of the American Chemical Society for Excellence in Teaching and Research (Inaugural Award), 1995
  • McGill University Graduate Faculty's David Thomson Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision and Teaching, 1996
  • John A. Timm Award for Furtherance of the Study of Chemistry, New England Association of Chemistry Teachers, 1996
  • Michael Smith Award by the Government of Canada for the Promotion of Science, 1996
  • 3 M Teaching Fellow, 1998
  • D.Sc. (honoris causa), Acadia University, Wolfville, N.S., 2000
  • Principal's Prize for Excellence in Teaching (Inaugural Award), Full Professor, 2001
  • James Flack Norris Award, N.E. Section of the ACS for excellence in teaching, 2003
    Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Learning, McGill University (Inaugural Award), 2010

  • Organic Chemistry Principles, (shared, ca . 230 students in 3 years)
  • Freshman Seminar Course, (ca. 150)
  • Introductory Organic Chemistry, 2 courses (ca. 17,100)
  • Intermediate Organic Chemistry (ca. 1,000 students)
  • General Chemistry (Organic Chemistry section, ca. 600 students )
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry (4th year, shared, ca.120 students )
  • Special Topics in Organic Chemistry (graduate course, shared, ca. 50 students )
  • Recent Advances in Organic Chemistry (graduate course, shared, ca. 15 students)
  • The World of Chemistry, 4 courses (ca. 25,300 students in 29 years) [~44,500]

Synthetic and mechanistic chemistry with an emphasis on organosulfur and selenium molecules; computer simulations and calculations; new methods of synthesis; teaching innovations. [more]
232 in refereed journals: (208 in chemical research, 24 in teaching) [Selected References].
Over 500 presentations to conferences, universities, schools and interest groups.
Over 230-with Professors A.E. Fenster and J.A. Schwarcz.
Over 60-with Professors A.E. Fenster and J.A. Schwarcz.
Organized, with Professors A.E. Fenster and J.A. Schwarcz, the "Man and His World" (1980-81) and "Expotec-95" (1995) chemistry exhibitions in Montreal for 80,000 and 370,000 visitors respectively.