Fraser Stoddart - A Week in the Life of a Nobel Award Winner
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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
- "From Chemical Topology to Molecular Machines," Jean-Pierre Sauvage, University of Strasbourg, France
- "Design and Synthesis of Molecular Machines based on the Mechanical Bond," Sir Fraser Stoddart, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA
- "The Art of Building Small, from Molecular Switches to Motors," Bernard L. Feringa, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
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
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.