Dedman College 2017
Edward Biehl, professor of chemistry, joined the SMU faculty in 1962. He received B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Biehl's research focuses on synthetic organic chemistry with interests in the preparation of biologically active heterocyclic compounds such as phenothiazines, barbituric acids, and precursor to Ibuprofen. His research team was the first to achieve a successful benzyne-click reaction using microwave heating and to synthesize a nitrobenzyne intermediate. He has published nearly 300 scholarly articles and eight book chapters on thiophene and benzyne chemistry. At SMU Professor Biehl has supervised more than 400 students and postdoctoral scholars, and has served as chemistry department chair since 1981. His SMU teaching and research awards include the Distinguished University Citizen Award, SMU Faculty Career Achievement Award, Dedman Family Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award, the M Award, the Margareta Deschner Award and the Alumni Association Award for Faculty Excellence. His professional awards include the Dreyfus Fellow Award, Phi Beta Kappa Perrine Prize, Doherty Award from the American Chemical Society and the Kametani Award from the Japan Institute of Heterocyclic Chemistry. He was named a Distinguished Alumni by the University of Pittsburgh Chemistry Department. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Chemistry.