Speaker: Sir James Fraser Stoddart

Sir Fraser Stoddart is one of the most cited chemists world-wide. He has won countless awards and honors, among them the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and the 2007 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology. In 2006 he was appointed Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II. He is currently professor of chemistry at Northwestern University.

Fraser Stoddart was born in Edinburgh in 1942. In 1960 he went to Edinburgh University where he graduated in 1964 with a BSc degree. He stayed at the chemistry department at the University of Edinburgh until 1967, when he received his PhD. He has since been living in Canada, the UK and USA.

Stoddart is famous for his contributions to self-assembly molecular processes and molecular machines. Upon winning the Davy Medal in 2008, the Royal Society stated that “His work bridges the gap between chemistry and the scientific and engineering challenges of nanoelectromechanical systems.”

Fraser is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, the German Academy of Natural Sciences, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the European Academy of Sciences. He is a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Fraser Stoddart’s late wife, Norma, was also a chemist, and both of their daughters, Fiona and Alison, are PhD chemists!

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