A speaker at the Fourth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology

J. Fraser Stoddart

J. Fraser Stoddart has been Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Birmingham since 1990. He was appointed Head of the School of Chemistry there in 1993. Previously, he was a Reader in Chemistry at the University of Sheffield for eight years, where he was also Lecturer from 1970 to 1982. From 1978 to 1981, he was seconded from the University of Sheffield to the ICI Corporate Laboratory in Runcorn. He gained his BSc in 1964, his PhD in 1966, and his DSc in 1980, all from the University of Edinburgh. He was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of London in 1994. He has received many awards, including the International Izatt-Christensen Award in Macrocyclic Chemistry in 1993, and has been a distinguished lecturer in many universities all around the world, e.g. Lauderman Memorial Lecturer at Washington University/St. Louis in 1991, Ernest Ritchie Memorial Lecturer at Sydney University/Australia and the Walter J. Chute Lecturer at Dalhousie University/Canada in 1992, the Atlantic Coast Lecturer in 1993, Chaire Bruylants Award Lecturer at Louvaine- La-Neuve/Belgium and Sixth Henry G. Kuivila Lecturer at the State University of New York at Albany in 1994, and Adolf Steinhofer Foundation Award Lecturer at the University of Kaiserslautern/Grmany, Sandoz Foundation Lecturer at the University of Regensburg/Germany, Moles (Bayer) Lecturer at Cornell University, Abbott Lecturer at the University of Chicago, and Wilson Baker Lecturer at the University of Bristol in 1995.

Professor Stoddart has published more than 350 communications, papers, reviews, and monographs and has wide ranging interests in supramolecular science. He is at present developing the transfer of concepts such as self-assembly between the life sciences and materials science. The template-directed synthesis of unnatural products with prescribed functions is being pursued within the context of gaining fundamental understanding about the nature of the noncovalent bond.