JACC 2015

From 10/04/2015 to 10/07/2015

Domaine Saint Joseph - 38 allée Jean Paul II, 69 110 Sainte Foy lès Lyon


Professor André Collet (1945 - 1999)

André Collet was full professor at the University of Lyon and senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. His carreer, begun at the Collège de France, ended at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon where he founded the Laboratory "Stéréochimie et Interactions Moléculaires". André Collet was born in Britany and he studied at the University Paris VI. He was appointed as a CNRS researcher in 1968, defended his 3rd cycle PhD in 1969 and his PHD in 1973 at the Collège de France under the supervision of Jean Jacques. At this time, he started to focus his research on molecular chirality and sterochemistry and more precisely on racemate resolution. After he did a postdoctoral internship at the ETH Zurich under the supervison of Prof. J.F.M. Oth, he went back at the Collège de France in 1975 where he mainly worked on molecular recognition.

Since 1984 where he became Research Director at the CNRS, he worked on fundamental and practical aspects of resolution by crystallisation and he also developped a new family of molecular cavitand called cryptophans. He was appointed as full professor in Lyon in 1988 and inititated the creation of the new UMR 5532 at the ENS of Lyon where he kept going his research projects on stereochemistry and molecular interactions. His notoriety, in the field of supramolecular chemistry and chirality, was based on his results on chiral molecular recognition based on cryptophanes. A. Collet authored more than 160 articles and co-authored 2 books. One of them Enantiomers, Racemates and Resolutions", edited in 1981 in the USA and edited a second time in 1994, is considered as a worldwide reference in the field of chirality. He also gave more than 140 invited lectures and was awarded for his scientific work by several prizes: « Prix de la division de Chimie organique de la Société Française de Chimie (1984) »; « Prix Jecker de l'Académie des Sciences (1991) »; « Prix scientifique Philip-Morris (1997) ».

André Collet was a member of the America Chemical Society, of the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the Société Française de Chimie. He was also in editorial committees of many international journals. In 1997, he rose to the rank of Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite.

Chantal Andraud, Jean-Pierre Dutasta