Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Professor Barry Trost obtained a BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1962 and PhD degree three years later at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1965). He directly moved to the University of Wisconsin where he was promoted to Professor in 1969 and subsequently became the Vilas Research Professor in 1982. He joined Stanford in 1987 and became Tamaki Professor of Humanities and Sciences in 1990. In addition, he has been Visiting Professor in Germany (Universities of Marburg, Hamburg, Munich and Heidelberg), Denmark (University of Copenhagen), France (Universities of Paris VI and Paris-Sud), Italy (University of Pisa) and Spain (University of Barcelona). He received honorary degrees from the Université Claude-Bernard (Lyon I), France (1994), and the Technion, Haifa, Israel (1997).
In recognition of his many contributions, Professor Trost has received a large number of awards, a few of which are the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry (1977), the Dr. Paul Janssen Prize (1990), the ASSU Graduate Teaching Award (1991), Bing Teaching Award (1993), the ACS Roger Adams Award (1995), the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (1998), the Belgian Organic Synthesis Symposium Elsevier Award (2000), the ACS Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry (2002), the ACS Cope Award (2004), the Nagoya Medal (2008), the Ryoji Noyori Prize (2013), the International Precious Metals Institute’s Tanaka Distinguished Achievement Award (2014), the German Chemical Society’s August-Wilhelm-von-Hofmann Denkmuenze (2014), the Tetrahedron Prize (2014), and the ACS Linus Pauling Award (2015). Professor Trost has also been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Sciences (1982) and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (1980).