Joan Valentine, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Joan Valentine was born in Auburn California in 1945 but grew up in Cambridge MA. She received an undergraduate degree from Smith College and, in 1971, was the first woman to receive a Ph. D. in Chemistry from Princeton University. She came to UCLA in 1980 as Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and has been here ever since. She has received numerous awards and honors, among them, election to the National Academy of Sciences, and is a much sought after and internationally renowned speaker, having been invited to speak in Argentina, China, Greece, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland and Italy, as well as throughout the United States. She served from 1995 to 2013 as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Accounts of Chemical Research.