Feringa Ben

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Ben Feringa


Ben L. Feringa obtained his PhD degree at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands under the guidance of Professor Hans Wynberg. After working as a research scientist at Shell in the Netherlands and at the Shell Biosciences Centre in the UK, he was appointed lecturer and in 1988 full professor at the University of Groningen and named the Jacobus H. van't Hoff Distinguished Professor of Molecular Sciences in 2004. He was elected Foreign Honory member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is member and vice-president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. In 2008 he was appointed Academy Professor and was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands.

It was announced on 5 October 2016 that Feringa received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, together with Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Jean-Pierre Sauvage, for their work on molecular machines.


  • August Wilhelm von Hofmann Denkmünze, GDCh, 2016
  • Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize, Brussels, Belgium, 2015
  • 2015 Arthur C. Cope Late Career Scholars Award, American Chemical Society, USA
  • Netherlands Chemistry and Catalysis Award 2015, NL
  • Diels-Planck Award Lecture, Kiel, 2015, Germany
  • IOCF Yoshida Lectureship Award, Kyoto, Osaka, 2014, Japan
  • Theodor Förster Award, German Chemical Society (GDCh) & Bunsen-Society for Physical Chemistry, 2014, Germany
  • Nagoya Gold Medal for significant contributions to the field of chemistry, Nagoya, Japan, 2013
  • Yamada-Koga Prize for research with world-wide impact in the field of synthesis of optically active compounds, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2013 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Medal, Highest distinction of Polish Chemical Society, 2013, Poland
  • Lilly European Distinguished Science Award, 2013
  • RSC Award for distinguished service, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2013, UK
  • Co-recipient Netherlands Ministry of Science & Education/NWO gravity program grant (with E.W. Meijer, R. Nolte), 26 MEuro, 2013
  • Grand Prix Scientifique Cino del Duca, French Academy of Sciences 2012, France
  • Humboldt award 2012, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany
  • RSC Organic Stereochemistry Award 2011, Royal Society of Chemistry, UK
  • Tetrahedron Chair at BOSS symposium, Belgium 2012
  • Elected Vice-president of KNAW, Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, 2011
  • Van ‘t Hoff medal 2011, Genootschap ter Bevordering van de Natuur-, Genees-, en Heelkunde
  • Elected member of the Academia Europeae 2010
  • 2009 Chirality Medal, for distinguished contributions to all aspects of chirality
  • Elected 2009 President of Bürgenstock Conference, Switzerland
  • 2008 Recipient of the Paracelcus Award of the Swiss Chemical Society, for life-time achievement in chemistry
  • Elected member of the Netherlands Academy for Technology and Innovation
  • Recipient top-research grant ERC, European Research Council
  • 2008 Knighted by Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands
  • 2008 Appointed Academy Professor, Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences
  • 2007 James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society, USA
  • 2006 Elected Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences
  • Prelog Gold Medal 2005 (ETH-Zürich), Switzerland
  • Solvias Ligand Contest Award (shared with J. Hartwig, Yale University (USA)
  • Spinoza Award 2004 (highest Netherlands scientific award, 1.5 MEuro; see http://www.nwo.nl/nwohome.nsf/pages/NWOP_5ZKCWV_Eng)
  • Elected Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2004
  • Jacobus H. van‘t Hoff Distinguished Chair in Molecular Sciences, University of Groningen
  • Körber European Science Award 2003 for research on molecular motors
  • Guthikonda Award, Columbia University, USA, 2003
  • Novartis Chemistry Lectureship Award 2000-2001 (in recognition of outstanding contributions to natural product synthesis and the development of new synthetic methodology; Switzerland, Austria, UK, USA)
  • Elected Fellow of RSC, UK, 1998
  • JSPS Fellowship award and JSPS Lectureship Japan
  • Recipient 1997 Pino Gold Medal Italian Chemical Society