Professor Steve Lippard smiles at his desk.

Lippard Awarded Honorary Doctorate from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Categories: Awards, Faculty

Lippard was one of ten international recipients presented with honorary doctorates from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem this year.

Arthur Amos Noyes Professor Emeritus Stephen J. Lippard was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem as part of its Board of Governors week. An annual event, the Board of Governors Week ran from Friday, June 8 through Wednesday, June 13 and consisted of a series of lectures, performances, meetings, receptions, and celebrations.

2018 is particularly special year for The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as it marks the centennial anniversary of the laying of the university’s cornerstones. This milestone was reflected in the theme for 2018’s Board of Governors Week – 100 Years of Knowledge.  Lippard was one of ten international Honorary Doctorate Recipients honored during 2018’s celebration, and presented a lecture to its attendees as part of the program on Monday, June 11. He received his Honorary Doctorate later that evening.

Prior to being appointed Arthur Amos Noyes Professor Emeritus on September 1, 2017, Lippard trained 115 Ph.D. students and over 200 postdoctoral associates over the course of a career that spanned more than five decades. Although he no longer takes graduate students, his lab continues research on platinum and other heavy metal anticancer drugs as well as zinc metalloneurochemistry. Among his numerous honors and awards are the 2004 National Medal of Science, the 2014 Priestley Medal of the American Chemical Society, MIT’s 2014 James R. Killian lectureship, the 2016 F.A. Cotton Medal for excellence in chemical research, and the 2016 Welch Award in Chemistry.

Founded in 1918 by visionaries such as Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Martin Buber and Chaim Weizmann, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is ranked among the top universities worldwide. Serving 23,000 students from 85 countries, it produces a third of Israel’s civilian research. Faculty and alumni have won eight Nobel Prizes and a Fields Medal.