Centenary Prize 2014 Winner

Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart
Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart
Northwestern University

For developing the field of mechanical bond chemistry.

About the Winner

The academic career of Sir Fraser Stoddart, who was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, can be traced from the Athens of the North to the Windy City beside Lake Michigan with interludes on the edge of the Canadian Shield beside Lake Ontario, in the Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire, on the Plains of Cheshire beside the Wirral, in the Midlands of the Heartland of Albion, and in the City of the Angels beside the Peaceful Sea.  

Sir Fraser is known for his pursuing chemistry beyond the molecule, which, combined with his interest in templation, has led to the template-directed synthesis, based on molecular recognition and self-assembly processes, of a wide range of mechanically interlocked molecules, bistable variants of which have found their way into molecular electronic devices and drug delivery systems.  

Sir Fraser has authored over 1000 publications and he has given over 1000 invited lectures.  He has mentored more than 400 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows during more than four decades as a professor, scholar and researcher in chemistry.  Many of them are now engaged successfully in scholarly pursuits of their own, in academia, in publishing, in industry, in commerce, and in government.   

Professor Stoddart was appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a Knight Bachelor in her 2007 New Year’s Honors list for services to chemistry and molecular nanotechnology.  In the same year, he won the King Faisal International Prize in Science, the Albert Einstein World Award in Science, the Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, and the Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry.  In 2010, he was the recipient of a Royal Medal, granted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and presented to him by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 

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