Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016
Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa
for the design and synthesis of molecular machines
Born 1944, Paris, France
Sauvage obtained his doctorate in 1971 from the Université Louis-Pasteur (Strasbourg I) under the supervision of Jean-Marie Lehn, himself a Nobel laureate (1987 Nobel Prize in Chemistry). After his PhD thesis, he obtained a postdoctoral fellowship in Oxford (UK) where he spent a year in the research group of the organometallic chemist Dr Malcolm L. H. Green. He was subsequently a researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Strasbourg from 1971 to 2014 and currently is emeritus professor at the University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study (USIAS).
He was awarded the bronze medal of the CNRS in 1978 and its silver medal in 1988. He was elected corresponding member of the French Academy of Sciences in 1990 and full member in 1997 and was made Knight of the French Legion of Honour and Grand Officer of the French National Order of Merit (2016).
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