George Whitesides

Whitesides, George
Position Department / Business Unit
Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor. Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Institution Disciplines
Harvard University Chemistry Nanobiology Nanomaterials
City State / Provence
Cambridge Massachusetts
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George M. Whitesides was born August 3, 1939 in Louisville, KY. He received an A.B. degree from Harvard University in 1960 and a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology (with J.D. Roberts) in 1964. He was a member of the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1963 to 1982. He joined the Department of Chemistry of Harvard University in 1982, and was Department Chairman 1986-89, and Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry from 1982-2004. He is now the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor.

Research Interests:

Present research interests include: physical and organic chemistry, materials science, biophysics, complexity, surface science, microfluidics, self-assembly, micro- and nanotechnology, science for developing economies, origin of life, and cell-surface biochemistry.



Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (1968)
American Chemical Society (ACS) Award in Pure Chemistry (1975)
Harrison Howe Award (Rochester Section of the ACS) (1979)
Alumni Distinguished Service Award (California Institute of Technology) (1980)
Remsen Award (ACS, Maryland Section) (1983)
Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (ACS) (1989)
James Flack Norris Award (ACS, New England Section) (1994)
Arthur C. Cope Award (ACS) (1995)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Award for Sig Technical Achievement (1996)
Madison Marshall Award (ACS) (1996)
National Medal of Science (1998)
Sierra Nevada Distinguished Chemist Award (Sierra Nevada Section of the ACS) (1999)
Wallac Oy Innovation Award in High Throughput Screening (Soc for Biomolecular Screening) (1999)
Award for Excellence in Surface Science (Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation) (1999)
Von Hippel Award (Materials Research Society) (2000)
World Technology Award for Materials from the World Technology Network (2001)
Doctorate Honoris Causa, University of Twente (The Netherlands) (2001)
Small Times Magazine Researcher of the Year award (2002)
Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award (Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh) (2003)
Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology (Inamori Foundation) (2003)
Paracelsus Prize (Swiss Chemical Society) (2004)
Ralph and Helen Oesper Award (Cincinnati Section of ACS) (2004)
Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award in Biotechnology and Medicine (Jacob & Louise Gabbay Fnd) (2004)
2004 Dickson Prize in Science (Carnegie Mellon University) (2005)
Dan David Prize (Dan David Foundation) (2005)
Emanuel Merck Lecture Prize, (Technische Universität Darmstadt/Merck) (2005)
Linus Pauling Medal Award (Portland, Puget Sound and Oregon Sections of ACS) (2005)
Welch Award (The Welch Foundation) (2005)

Memberships and Fellowships:

American Academy of Arts and Sciences
National Academy of Sciences
National Academy of Engineering
American Philosophical Society
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Fellow of the Institute of Physics
New York Academy of Sciences
World Technology Network
Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy
Honorary Member of the Materials Research Society of India
Honorary Fellow of the Chemical Research Society of India
Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Member and Chair of the Intl. Sci. Adv. Board of the Genomics Research Center, Academia Sinica

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