Robert H. Grubbs


Interview, September 2008

Interview with the 2005 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Robert H. Grubbs, 30 August, 2008. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of

Robert Grubbs explains how a family interested in learning and a junior high school science teacher interested in controversy laid the foundation for his own interest in science, how orange pulp was indirectly responsible for his decision to study synthetic organic chemistry (4:38), how establishing Materia, Inc., promoted commercial applications for metathesis based products (18:07), how being a professor is the “world’s greatest job” (33:50), how he explains metathesis simply (36:37), and how global warming may positively change the public perception of chemicals (40:50).

Interview, December 2005

Interview with the 2005 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry Robert H. Grubbs and Richard R. Schrock, by Joanna Rose, science writer, 6 December 2005.

The Laureates talk about their experiences after the announcement of the Nobel Prize; how they became interested in science (2:46); their discovery and the work behind it (5:53); the relation between applied and fundamental science (12:49); patent problems (17:11); and the public’s view of science today (19:35).

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Nobel Minds 2005

The Nobel Laureates of 2005 met at the Bernadotte Library in Stockholm in December 2005 for the traditional round-table discussion and TV show ‘Nobel Minds’. The programme presenter is Nik Gowing, principal programme anchor for the BBC’s international television news channel BBC World. Among other things the Laureates talk about competition versus co-operation and the need of mentoring in scientific research.

Interview, October 2005

Telephone interview with Professor Robert H. Grubbs following the announcement of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 5 October 2005. The interviewer is science writer Joanna Rose.

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Transcript of the Telephone Interview with Robert H. Grubbs

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