Linda and Fred Wudl both attended UCLA (where they met) and have since contributed a great deal to the sciences.
Prof. Fred Wudl has received numerous professional honors for his work in materials science, including the ACS Award for Chemistry of Materials and the Tolman Medal of the ACS Southern California Section. He holds both a BA and PhD in chemistry from UCLA and completed his postgraduate studies at Harvard University. Wudl was a professor at UCLA from 1997 to 2006, where he was also the director for both the Exotic Materials Institute and the Materials Creation Training Program. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Prof. Wudl is currently a part of the faculty at the UCSB Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and co-director of the UCSB Center for Polymers and Organic Solids.
Dr. Linda Wudl, who received her BS in microbiology and molecular genetics in 1967, was most recently the vice president of quality and compliance at pharmaceutical giant Amgen, where she worked for more than twenty years before her retirement. She also holds an M.A. in bacteriology from Harvard University and PhD in molecular biology from SUNY Buffalo.
The Wudls have been great supporters of the department. Most notably, the Linda and Fred Wudl Term Chair was started with a pledge from the Wudls in 2005 to support outstanding faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. By enabling the department to appoint either a junior or senior faculty member to the chair, the Wudls provided UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry with the maximum flexibility in attracting outstanding scholars at any stage of their careers. The department is delighted to honor the Wudls.