Dr. David A. Tirrell

Dr. David A. Tirrell
Provost, Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran
Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and Carl and Shirley Larson Provostial Chair
California Institute of Technology 
United States


Dr. David A. Tirrell (elected 2010) is the Ross McCollum – William H. Corcoran Provost and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology.  His contributions to chemistry have been recognized by his election to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He holds the Chancellor’s Medal of the University of Massachusetts, the G.N. Lewis Medal of the University of California Berkeley, and the degree of Doctor honoris causa from the Technical University of Eindhoven.

From 1999 to 2009, Dr. Tirrell was chairman of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Caltech.  Prior to joining Caltech, Dr. Tirrell served as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at Carnegie-Mellon University and director of the Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Tirrell earned his BS in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his PhD from the University of Massachusetts.