Eric Block, Carla Rizzo Delray Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University at Albany, received his B.S. from Queens College of the City University of New York and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, working with 1990 Nobel Laureate E. J. Corey. In 1967 Block joined the University of Missouri, St. Louis, rising through the ranks to full professor at age 37. In 1981 he moved to the University at Albany, where he served for 6 years as Chair of Chemistry. Block has published more than 240 papers, authored or edited four books, and holds eleven patents. Block has mentored more than 70 graduate students, postdocs, and visiting scholars. Block is recognized as an international leader in organosulfur chemistry, including garlic/onion chemistry, and olfaction, through research publications, and popular books (Garlic and Other Alliums ; Reactions of Organosulfur Compounds ).
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (1984); ACS Award for Advancement and Application of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (1987); Kenneth A. Spencer Award, from the Kansas City Section of the American Chemical Society (2003); Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lectureship Award of the USDA (2012); Fellow of the ACS and AAAS, ACS Ernest Guenther Award in the Chemistry of Natural Products (2016)