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Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016

Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa

for the design and synthesis of molecular machines

[J.F. Stoddart]

J. Fraser Stoddart
Born 1942, Edinburgh, Scotland


Stoddart studied at the University of Edinburgh and received his BSc in 1964 and his PhD in 1966. In 1967, he went to Queen’s University (Canada) as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, and then, in 1970, to Sheffield University as an Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) Research Fellow, before joining the Academic Staff as a Lecturer in Chemistry. He was a Science Research Council Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1978. After spending a sabbatical (1978-81) at the ICI Corporate Laboratory in Runcorn, he returned to Sheffield where he was promoted to a Readership in 1982. He was awarded a DSc by Edinburgh in 1980 for his research into `Stereochemistry Beyond the Molecule’. In 1990, he took up the Chair of Organic Chemistry at Birmingham University and was Head of the School of Chemistry there (1993-97) before moving to UCLA as the Saul Winstein Professor of Chemistry in 1997. In July 2002, he became Acting Co-Director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). On May 1, 2003, he was appointed as Director of the CNSI and assumed the Fred Kavli Chair of NanoSystems Sciences. He joined the faculty at Northwestern University as a Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry in January 2008, and in March of that year he was appointed an Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at UCLA.

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