International Women’s Day #IWD2015 unsung hero, Jacqueline Morgan

Jacqueline Morgan B.Sc.(Hons), M.Sc., Sydney

So Sunday is International Women’s Day, and lots of people are rightfully promoting the awesome work of prominent Women in Science. But there are an awful lot more women who need to be acknowledged on this day as well, not least all the fantastic lesser well-known women who make Science what it is. Today I’d like to take some time to acknowledge a marvellous woman who helped me so much in my early research career.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Morgan was a long time research assistant in the Chemistry Department at Sydney University, principally working with Professors John T. Pinhey and Sever Sternhell, much of which was working with organometallic chemistry, particularly organolead tricarboxylates (Refs 2, 5-17). Like many generations of Honours, Masters and Ph.D. stuents who worked with JTP I am forever indebted to Jackie for so much help in learning about organolead chemistry, from subtle secrets on how to keep your lead tetraacetate from going black, which brand of LTA were best, how to dry pyridine and so much more. Jackie was a backbone of the group in so many ways, passing on knowledge and tidbits of information. After working as a research assistant for many years she enrolled in and completed her Masters thesis entitled Studies in Organometallic Chemistry, at Sydney in 1989. She then moved to the School of Chemistry at the University of New South Wales with Professor Les Field where she worked for several years as Senior Research Assistant.

Thanks for everything Jackie!

I don’t have a photo of Jackie by herself but here she is in the 1985 Organic Department photo

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1. Burns, C. J.; Field, L. D.; Morgan, J.; Petteys, B. J.; Prashar, J.; Ridley, D. D.; Sandanayake, K. R. A. S.; Vignevich, V. Components for tethered bilayer membranes: synthesis of hydrophilically substituted phytanol derivatives. Aust. J. Chem. 2001, 54, 431-438.
2. Kalman, J. R.; Morgan, J.; Pinhey, J. T.; Sternhell, S. Electrophilic metal-alkyl bond cleavage in tetraorganosilicon and tetraorganotin compounds by lead tetracarboxylates and aryllead tricarboxylates. Tetrahedron 1999, 55, 3615-3624.
3. Burns, C. J.; Field, L. D.; Morgan, J.; Ridley, D. D.; Vignevich, V. Preparation of cyclic disulfides from bisthiocyanates. Tetrahedron Lett. 1999, 40, 6489-6492.
4. Burns, C. J.; Culshaw, P.; Field, L. D.; Islam, M.; Morgan, J.; Raguse, B.; Ridley, D. D.; Wieczorek, L.; Wilkinson, M.; Vignevich, V. Synthesis of new components for tethered bilayer membranes and preliminary surface characterization. Aust. J. Chem. 1999, 52, 1071-1075.
5. Morgan, J.; Pinhey, J. T.; Sherry, C. J. Reaction of organolead triacetates with 4-ethoxycarbonyl-2-methyl-4,5-dihydro-1,3-oxazol-5-one. The synthesis of α-aryl- and α-vinyl-N-acetylglycines and their ethyl esters and their enzymic resolution. J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 1 1997, 613-619.
6. Morgan, J.; Pinhey, J. T.; Rowe, B. A. α-Arylation of ketones by aryllead triacetates. Effect of methyl and phenyl substitution at the α position. J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 1 1997, 1005-1008.
7. Koen, M. J.; Morgan, J.; Pinhey, J. T.; Sherry, C. J. Reaction of 4-ethoxycarbonyl-2-phenyl-4,5-dihydrooxazol-5-one with organolead(IV) triacetates. A route to some α-arylglycine and α-vinylglycine derivatives. J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 1 1997, 487-491.
8. Morgan, J.; Hambley, T. W.; Pinhey, J. T. Mechanism of arylation of nucleophiles by aryllead triacetates. Part 3. Concerning their reaction with phenols and x-ray molecular structure of (p-methoxyphenyl)lead triacetate. J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 1 1996, 2173-2177.
9. Morgan, J.; Pinhey, J. T. Reaction of organolead triacetates with 4-ethoxycarbonyl-2-methyloxazol-5-one. The synthesis of α-aryl and α-vinyl N-acetylglycine ethyl esters and their enzymic resolution. Tetrahedron Lett. 1994, 35, 9625-8.
10. Morgan, J.; Parkinson, C. J.; Pinhey, J. T. Preparation of diorganolead dicarboxylates from aryllead triacetates: an investigation of ligand coupling in some diorganolead(IV) compounds. J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 1 1994, 3361-5.
11. Morgan, J.; Pinhey, J. T. Mechanism of arylation of nucleophiles by aryllead triacetates. Part 1. Exclusion of a pathway involving aryl free radicals. J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 1 1993, 1673-6.
12. Morgan, J.; Buys, I.; Hambley, T. W.; Pinhey, J. T. Mechanism of arylation of nucleophiles by aryllead triacetates. Part 2. Support for a ligand coupling process and x-ray molecular structure of (p-methoxyphenyl)-α-methylphenacyllead(IV) diacetate. J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 1 1993, 1677-81.
13. Koen, M. J.; Morgan, J.; Pinhey, J. T. Arylation of 4-ethoxycarbonyl-2-phenyloxazol-5-one by aryllead triacetates: a convenient route to α-arylglycines. J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 1 1993, 2383-4.
14. De Meio, G.; Morgan, J.; Pinhey, J. T. Aryl fluoride syntheses involving reaction of aryllead triacetates with boron trifluoride-diethyl ether complex. Tetrahedron 1993, 49, 8129-38.
15. Kozyrod, R. P.; Morgan, J.; Pinhey, J. T. The C-arylation of α-cyano esters and malononitriles by aryllead(IV) triacetates. Aust. J. Chem. 1991, 44, 369-76.
16. Morgan, J.; Pinhey, J. T. Reaction of arylboronic acids and their derivatives with lead tetraacetate. The generation of aryl-lead triacetates, and meta- and para-phenylenebis(lead triacetate), in situ for electrophilic arylation. J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 1 1990, 715-20.
17. Kozyrod, R. P.; Morgan, J.; Pinhey, J. T. Reaction of aryltrialkylstannanes with lead tetraacetate: a convenient route to aryllead triacetates. Aust. J. Chem. 1985, 38, 1147-53.

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