Silas D. Childs Professor of Chemistry Emeritus (retired)
Robin Kinnel concluded more than four decades of service to Hamilton in 2010. He joined the faculty in 1966 following a two-year stint as a postdoctoral student at Stanford, having earned his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his A.B. from Harvard. His research includes the study of bioactive compounds from marine invertebrates, particularly sponges. Professor Kinnel also has focused on the chemical ecology of various New York asters and the role that their chemistry plays in oviposition and herbivory of butterflies that use them as host plants. More recently he has been studying the solution structures of small peptides, active against estrogen-mediated breast cancer, derived from alphafetoprotein. Professor Kinnel has published numerous articles in such publications as the Journal of Organic Chemistry, the Journal of Chemical Ecology and the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Appointed to the Faculty1966
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A.B., Harvard University