Perkin Prize for Organic Chemistry 2009 winner


Perkin Prize for Organic Chemistry winner Steven Ley
Steven Ley
University of Cambridge

Awarded for his outstanding creative work and innovative solutions in the art of organic synthesis.

About the winner


Steve Ley has been the BP (1702) Professor of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge since 1992.  He was a lecturer at Imperial College in 1975, promoted to Professor in 1983, and Head of Department in 1989.  In 1990 he was elected to the Royal Society (London) and was President of the RSC from 2000-2002. 

Professor Ley has published over 660 papers and has gained numerous major awards including the Paul Janssen Prize for Creativity in Organic Synthesis and the Glaxo-Wellcome Award for Outstanding Achievement in Organic Chemistry.  

More recent accolades include:

  • The Royal Society Davy Medal
  • the German Chemical Society August-Wilhelm-von Hofmann Medal
  • the Pfizer Award for Innovative Science
  • the ACS Ernest Guenther Award in the Chemistry of Natural Products
  • the Chemical Industries Association Innovation of the Year Award and the iAc Award; both jointly with AstraZeneca, Avecia and Syngenta
  • 2004 - the Messel Medal Lecture of the SCI
  • 2005 - Yamada-Koga Prize
  • 2006 - the Nagoya Gold Medal (Banyu Life Science Foundation International, Japan)
  • 2007 - the Robert Robinson Award and Medal (RSC)
  • the SCI Innovation Award
  • the Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry (ACS)
  • the Karrer Gold Medal, University of Zurich.  
  • In 2008 he gained the Hans Herloff Inhoffen Medal (Germany), the Prous Institute-Overton and Meyer Award (European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry) and the High Throughput Drug Discovery Methodologies Award (The Royal Society of Chemistry).

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