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Sir Fraser Stoddart Honored With Royal Medal

Duke of Edinburgh to bestow medal on chemist at Royal Society of Edinburgh ceremony

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August 3, 2010 | 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, will receive the Royal Medal from the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland's national academy of arts and sciences.

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, will bestow the medal on Sir Fraser, a pioneer in the fields of chemistry and nanoscience and a native of Edinburgh, at a special ceremony Aug. 9 at the RSE.

Stoddart is being honored for his outstanding contribution to chemistry, particularly to molecular nanotechnology.

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

He is ranked by the Institute for Scientific Information for the period of the last decade as one of the top five most-cited chemists in the world. Stoddart is a fellow of the Science Division of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the German Academy of Natural Sciences and the Royal Society of London.

His numerous honors include being elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and receiving the Davy Medal from the Royal Society, the national academy of science of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Stoddart 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. Other awards include the American Chemical Society's Arthur C. Cope Award, the Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry, the Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology and the King Faisal International Prize in Science.

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