Holden Thorp

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1964 –


Who is Holden Thorp?

Herbert Holden Thorp is a chemist, inventor, musician, professor, and entrepreneur. He served as the tenth chancellor of the The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Thorp assumed the position of chancellor on July 1, 2008, succeeding James Moeser, and, at age 43, was noted at the time as being among the youngest leaders of a university in the United States. At the time of his selection as chancellor, Thorp was the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a Kenan Professor of chemistry at the university. Thorp is a 1986 graduate of UNC; he later earned a Ph.D in chemistry from California Institute of Technology, and was a postdoctoral associate at Yale University.

In September 2012, Thorp announced his intention to resign effective 30 June 2013, and to return to teaching in the Chemistry department at UNC. However, in February 2013, he announced his decision to leave the University and announced that he had taken the job as provost at Washington University in St. Louis. Thorp took over as provost on July 1, 2013, replacing Dr. Edward Macias who had served in that role for 25 years.

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Aug 16, 1964
  • United States of America
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Yale University

on July 23, 2013


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