Past Lectures at the Leading Edge speaker awarded 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

On Wednesday, October 3, Professor Frances Arnold, Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology, was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for her work on the directed evolution of enzymes.

Professor Arnold becomes just the fifth woman to ever earn the distinction in the 117-year history of the prestigious award. However, she feels that many more woman are poised to win chemistry’s top prize in the future. “There are a lot of beautiful, elegant women in chemistry, and I predict we will see many more Nobel Chemistry Prizes for women,” Professor Arnold claimed after learning she had been named this year’s recipient.

With the opening of UofT, ChemE’s Lectures at the Leading Edge less than 2 weeks away, this incredible accomplishment comes with a timely connection to the Department, as Professor Arnold was the 2017-18 Irving O. Shoichet Distinguished Lecturer. The Irving O. Shoichet Lecture, hosted annually by Professor Molly Shoichet and the Shoichet family, has typically marked the opening of the Department’s long-standing guest lecture series, which brings some of the brightest minds in science and engineering from across the world to Toronto every year. This year’s Irving O. Shoichet Distinguished Lecturer, Professor Angela Belcher of MIT, speaks on Wednesday, October 17 at 12pm in Wallberg room 116.

A truly heartfelt congratulations from the entire University of Toronto, Department of Chemical Engineering & Chemistry goes out to Professor Arnold for this incredible accomplishment.


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