James M. Mayer, Department of Chemistry, Yale University, P.O. Box 208107, 225 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06520-8107, 203-436-9456, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Mayer was born and raised in Manhattan, by parents who had grown up on the Upper West Side. His mother, Dr. Ellen Moers, received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Columbia in 1954. She taught at Hunter College, Barnard College, Brooklyn College, and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), and she did a substantial amount of her scholarship in a tiny office on the top floor of Butler Library. Dr. Mayer attended P.S. 158 and then the United Nations International School (UNIS), which fostered his passion for science. He started doing research in inorganic chemistry just after high school, at Hunter College CUNY, with Prof. Edwin H. Abbott. Dr. Mayer was an undergraduate at Harvard University from 1975-78. He received his PhD in 1982 from the California Institute of Technology for work with Professor John E. Bercaw on organometallic chemistry of tantalum hydride complexes. He then spent two years as a visiting scientist in the Central Research Department of the DuPont Company. In 1984, Dr. Mayer was appointed to the faculty at the University of Washington, where he rose through the academic ranks. He moved to become Professor of Chemistry at Yale University in 2014. He has served as chair of the American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry and currently serves as an associate editor of the journal Inorganic Chemistry. His nuclear family has earned a JD from Columbia Law School, a B.A. from Barnard College, an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, and a M.P.H. from the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health.