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Stephen Buchwald to receive 2022 Paul Karrer Gold Medal

Categories: Awards, Faculty

The Medal is one of the oldest awards in chemistry, recognizing outstanding researchers in the field.

Camille Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry Stephen L. Buchwald will be awarded the 2022 Paul Karrer Gold Medal recognizing an outstanding researcher in the field of chemistry. The award will be presented on June 14, 2022 at the University of Zurich, following a scientific lecture given by Buchwald.

One of the oldest awards in chemistry, the Gold Medal is presented by the Foundation for the Paul Karrer Lecture, established in 1959 to honor contributions by Paul Karrer to the development of chemistry upon his 70th birthday and retirement from the University of Zurich after a forty-year career as director of the Institute for Organic Chemistry. The Paul Karrer Lecture has seen over forty years of pioneering development in organic chemistry and related fields. Previous recipients of the Gold Medal include twelve Nobel Prize winners for chemistry and medicine.

Recognized as one of the world’s most influential chemists, Buchwald joined the faculty at MIT in 1984 and is now the Associate Head of the Department of Chemistry. He received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, earned a PhD from Harvard University, and completed postdoctoral work at Caltech with Professor R.H. Grubbs. Buchwald’s career spans over 500 publications and numerous accolades, including ACS awards, an Arthur C. Cope Award, the Ulysses Medal, the Wolf Prize, and the Dr. Karl Wamser Innovation Award, among others. He recently received the 2021 Huang Yaozeng Award in Organometallic Chemistry of the Chinese Chemical Society, the Award for Creativity in Molecular Design and Synthesis from the ACS Northern NJ Organic Topical Group, and the inaugural Akira Suzuki Award in 2021.

Research in the Buchwald group combines elements of organic synthesis, physical organic chemistry, and organometallic chemistry to devise catalytic processes of use in solving problems of fundamental importance.