Chirality Medal

Professor Ben L. Feringa Winner of 2009 Chirality Medal


Ben L. Feringa, Jacobus van ’t Hoff Distinguished Professor of Molecular Sciences at the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, has won the 2009 Chirality Medal, in a stiff competition between a large field of excellent candidates. Professor Feringa receives the honor for his outstanding achievements in organic stereochemistry, including the development of molecular unidirectional rotatory devices based upon a beautiful interplay between organic photochemistry and molecular chirality.

Underpinned by sophisticated organic synthesis mixed with a remarkably fertile imagination, Professor Feringa has
delighted the stereochemistry community with his beautiful work on molecular machines. In addition, he has made key contributions to dissymmetric catalysis and catalytic enantioselective total synthesis, and smart organic materials. Other interests include non-biological enantioenrichment and the origins of life, and development of biomimetic systems.


With this award Ben Feringa joins 19 other distinguished scientists who have received the prize since its institution in 1991 by the Societa Chimica Italiana (SCI). He will receive the 2009 Chirality Medal, and present the Award Lecture, at Chirality 2009, the 21st International Symposium on Chirality (ISCD-21), on July 12, 2009 in Breckenridge, Colorado, USA.


Previous Winners of the Chirality Medal

1991
E. Gil-Av (Israel) and J. Jacques (France)
1992
V. Prelog (Switzerland)
1993
K. Mislow (USA)
1994
W. Pirkle (USA)
1995
K. Nakanishi (USA)
1996
E. L. Eliel (USA)
1997
R. Noyori (Japan)
1998
H. Kagan (France)
1999
V. Davankov (Russia)
2000
K. B. Sharpless (USA)
2001
Y. Okamoto (Japan)
2002
D. Seebach (Switzerland)
2003
D. W. Armstrong (USA)
2004
V. Schurig (Germany)
2005
K. Soai (Japan)
2006
M. Lahav (Israel)
2007
N. Berova (USA)
2008
W. Lindner (Austria)