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Sir Fraser Stoddart Receives Royal Society's Davy Medal

Chemistry professor receives the Davy Medal, which has been awarded annually since 1877 and recognizes an outstandingly important recent discovery in chemistry.

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July 15, 2008 | by Megan Fellman
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Sir Fraser Stoddart, Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, has received the 2008 Davy Medal from the Royal Society, the national academy of science of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

Sir Fraser is being honored for his contributions in molecular nanotechnology. The citation states: "Your work bridges the gap between chemistry and the scientific and engineering challenges of nanoelectromechanical systems."

The Davy Medal, which has been awarded annually since 1877, recognizes an outstandingly important recent discovery in any branch of chemistry. Stoddart joins a roster of acclaimed chemists that includes Linus Pauling, Pierre and Madame Curie, Henri le Chatelier and John A. Pople, who finished his career at Northwestern.

Stoddart is a pioneer in the fields of chemistry and nanoscience. By introducing an additional type of bond (the mechanical bond) into chemical synthesis, Stoddart became one of the few chemists to have opened up a new field of chemistry during the past 25 years.

He was appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a Knight Bachelor in her 2007 New Year's Honours List for his services to chemistry and molecular nanotechnology. Stoddart, who was elected an Honorary Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh in May, has been recognized with numerous other awards, including the American Chemical Society's Arthur C. Cope Award (2008), the Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry (2007), the Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology (2007), the King Faisal International Prize in Science (2007) and the Nagoya Gold Medal in Organic Chemistry (2004).

Stoddart is ranked by the Institute for Scientific Information for the period of the past decade as the second-most cited chemist in the world. He is a fellow of the Science Division of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006), the German Academy of Natural Sciences (1999) and the Royal Society (1994). Stoddart serves on the international advisory boards of numerous journals, including the Journal of Organic Chemistry, Angewandte Chemie and Chemistry – A European Journal. Stoddart has published more than 800 scientific papers and trained more than 300 graduate and postdoctoral students.