Prof. Makhlouf J. Haddadin was born in the village of Ma'in, Jordan, on March 21, 1935. He finished his high school education in Hussein College, an Amman governmental school, and received a full scholarship from the Jordanian Ministry of Education to study Chemistry at AUB. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from AUB in 1957 and his M.S. in 1959 working under the direction of the late Professor Costas Issidorides. Dr. Haddadin left for the University of Colorado, Boulder where he received his Ph.D. in 1962 under the direction of Professor Alfred Hassner (on a teaching assistantship for the first year, followed by two more years as a research assistant).
Following his Ph.D., Dr. Haddadin joined the group of the late Professor Louis Fieser at Harvard University for two years as a postdoctoral research fellow under the direction of the late Professor Louis Fieser. He joined AUB as a research associate in 1964, under the late Professor Costas Issidorides. A year later, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Chemistry.
In 1969, he was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure, to become a Professor in 1975, a position he holds today.
Professor Haddadin served AUB in various administrative positions, including acting President (latest appointment: Jul 1-Sep 31, 2015), vice president for academic affairs and acting Dean of Health Sciences. Dr. Haddadin spent sabbaticals at the University of Colorado, Notre Dame University, University of North Texas, and University of California at Davis.
Professor Makhlouf Haddadin has been especially celebrated for his achievements in the area of heterocyclic chemistry that resulted in the publication of more than 100 scholarly papers in prestigious international journals. A landmark event in Professor Haddadin’s career was his co-discovery of the Beirut Reaction – a reaction that impacted the field of pharmaceutical chemistry and yielded 40 patents in numerous countries. Recently, Prof. Haddadin and Prof. Mark J. Kurth of the University of California at Davis discovered another reaction, so called the “Davis- Beirut Reaction”. Prof. Haddadin enjoys poetry especially Arabic poetry.