Priestley Medal 2020 for JoAnne Stubbe

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  • Published Date: 17 August 2020
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JoAnne Stubbe, Professor Emerita at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA, has received the 2020 Priestley Medal, the highest honor of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The prize is awarded annually to recognize distinguished services to chemistry.


Stubbe is honored for "pioneering studies of enzymatic radical chemistry, long-range proton-coupled electron transfer, DNA cleavage by anti-cancer drugs, enzymatic formation of polyesters, and purine biosynthesis." The award was presented at the ACS Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting & Exposition.


JoAnne Stubbe studied chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, and received her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, USA, in 1971. She worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher with Julius Rebek at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA, and then taught at Williams College, Williamstown, MA, USA, from 1972 to 1977. From 1975 to 1977, she also was a Postdoctoral Researcher with Bob Abeles at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA. Stubbe taught at Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, from 1977 to 1980. In 1983, she joined the University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA, as Assistant Professor. In 1987, Stubbe became a Professor of Chemistry at MIT. She received a joint appointment at the MIT Biology Department in 1990.


Among other honors, Stubbe has received the National Medal of Science from the U.S. National Science Foundation and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Award in Chemical Sciences in 2008, the Welch Award in Chemistry from the Welch Foundation in 2010, and the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize from Rockefeller University, New York, USA, in 2017. She is a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


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