Tomas Hudlicky: Biography
Tomáš Hudlický was
born in 1949 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, where he received
his elementary and middle school education.
After several years of working as
a process chemist apprentice and in other odd jobs in pharmaceutical
became apparent that higher education opportunities were closed
to him. In 1968, he emigrated to the U.S. with
his parents and sister. Hudlický’s educational experience
continued at Blacksburg High
School, from which he dropped out in the spring of 1969.
Accepted as a probational student
Virginia Tech the following autumn, he received his B.S. in chemistry
1973, and went on to pursue graduate studies at Rice University under
direction of Professor Ernest Wenkert in the field
of indole alkaloid total synthesis, earning his Ph.D. in 1977.
He then spent a year at the University of Geneva working
under the late Professor Wolfgang Oppolzer on the synthesis of
In 1978, he joined
the faculty at the Illinois Institute of Technology as
an Assistant Professor, and began the first phase of his research
career in the
field of general methods of synthesis for triquinane terpenes and other
products containing five-membered rings by [4+1] cyclopentene,
pyrroline, and dihydrofuran annulation methodologies. He
returned to his alma mater, Virginia Tech, in
1982, and rose to the rank of Professor in 1988.
One year later, at the 20-year class reunion of the Blacksburg
High School class of 1969, he received his High School Diploma.
The next phase of
his research involved the investigation of cis-cyclohexadienediols in
enantioselective synthesis. In 1995, he moved to University of Florida
in Gainesville. In 2003, Dr. Hudlický accepted an offer from
University where he currently holds a position as Canada Research Chair.
interests include the development of enantioselective synthetic
methods, bacterial dioxygenase-mediated degradation of aromatics,
design and synthesis of fluorinated inhalation anesthetic agents,
synthesis of morphine and amaryllidaceae alkaloids, and design of
unnatural oligo-saccharide conjugates with new molecular properties.
His hobbies include skiing, hockey, martial arts, and music.