5 October 2016, Nr. 23/2016

Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to the Humboldtians Bernard Feringa and Fraser Stoddart

Prize winners continue to maintain close ties to Germany and the Humboldt Foundation.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation congratulates Bernard Feringa and Fraser Stoddart upon winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry which they will receive together with Jean-Pierre Sauvage. The researchers are being honoured “for the design and synthesis of molecular machines”. Their selection raises the number of researchers from the worldwide Humboldt Network who have received a Nobel Prize to 54.

Bernard Feringa, born in The Netherlands in 1951, is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Groningen and was selected for the Humboldt Research Award in 2011. He continues to work closely with Thorsten Bach, his collaborative partner at Technische Universität München.

Nobel Prize winner Bernard Feringa during the annual meeting in 2012
At the Foundation's annual meeting in 2012: Nobel Prize winner Bernard Feringa (second from the left) with other Humboldtians at the reception of the Federal President
in the garden of Schloss Bellevue.

Photo: Thorsten Bach


Fraser Stoddart, born in Great Britain in 1942, conducts research as a professor of chemistry at Northwestern University in Evanston, USA, and received the Humboldt Research Award back in 1998. Stoddart has hosted several German postdocs who work with him in connection with a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship.

“Our heartfelt congratulations to Bernard Feringa, Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Fraser Stoddart. As a chemist, I know all three personally and admire them as wonderful colleagues. They well deserve this award for their pioneering work”, said the President of the Humboldt Foundation Helmut Schwarz, adding, “And I am all the more pleased that two of them, Bernard Feringa and Fraser Stoddart, maintain close ties to the Foundation and Germany”.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 27,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 54 Nobel Prize winners.

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