Ben Feringa, professor of Organic Chemistry and 2016 Nobel Laureate, is the Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize winner for 2017. The Centenary Prize is awarded to outstanding chemists from outside the United Kingdom – those who are also exceptional communicators
– to give lectures in the British Isles. Professor Feringa receives £5,000, a medal and a certificate.
The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is a leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. With over 50,000 members and 175 years of history, it is the UK’s professional non-profit body for chemical scientists over the world.
Professor Feringa: “I am greatly honoured by this prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry award and it is fantastic to be on this list of distinguished chemists that were winners of the Centenary Prizes in the past decades. I am looking forward to visit several UK universities and discuss the frontiers of our field with colleagues and students.”
Centenary prize winners are evaluated for the originality and impact of their research, as well as the quality of the results, which can be shown in publications, patents, or even software. An illustrious list of 50 previous winners of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s awards have gone on to win Nobel Prizes for their pioneering work, including Ben Feringa himself, who shared the 2016 Nobel Prize with fellow Centenary Prize winners Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Fraser Stoddart.
Nobel Laureate Ben Feringa
Royal Society of Chemistry
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