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Fraser Stoddart - A Week in the Life of a Nobel Award Winner

Stoddart Accepts Nobel

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The Northwestern Department of Chemistry congratulates Sir Fraser Stoddart, Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry, for his shared award of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The whole world watched as Stoddart and his colleagues, Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Bernard L. Feringa, accepted this great honor "for the design and synthesis of molecular machines" on December 10, 2016.

"Every chemist knows that the Nobel Prize is the most prestigious award in the field. It brings international recognition and awareness that extends outside the chemistry community. With Sir Fraser Stoddart receiving the Nobel, the world gets a glimpse of how chemistry goes beyond the practical to the creative and artistic. As an architect designs buildings that are both beautiful and functional, so Professor Stoddart does the same with molecular structures. In what he does and how he describes it in lectures and articles, Fraser is the strongest advocate for chemistry as a pure intellectual endeavor. It is a delight for the Chemistry Department to regularly experience Fraser's intellect, and it is an honor to call him Colleague." - Peter Stair, Chair of the Department of Chemistry

Click here for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry website

Click here to view the 2016 Nobel Lectures in Chemistry, presented on Thursday, December 8: 

Click here to view a video of the December 10, 2016, Nobel Prize Award Ceremony

The awards are presented every year on December 10 - the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death. During the ceremony, the Laureates receive their Nobel Prize Medals and Diplomas from the King of Sweden. Click here to read the presentation speech for the Chemistry Prize

Click here to view images from the December 10, 2016, Nobel Prize Award Ceremony

Click here to view images from the December 10, 2016, Nobel Banquet

Sir Fraser Stoddart addressed the Swedish Royal family, Nobel Laureates, and 1,350 dignitaries and guests at the Nobel Banquet, December 10, 2016. Recognizing the work of his colleagues Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Bernard L. Feringa, he remarked: "Our chemistry has been conducted without prejudice and has recognized no borders." Read the full text of his speech here.



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