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Riyadh, 16 January 2007, HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, Director of King Faisal Foundation, tonight announced the winners of the King Faisal International Prize.The prize for Science (Chemistry) has been awarded jointly to:


Professor James Fraser Stoddart (UK)

Fred Kavli Professor of NanoSystems Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles



Professor Stoddart is a pioneer in the development of a new field in chemistry dealing with nanoscience. He is awarded the Prize for his work in molecular recognition and self-assembly. His introduction of quick and efficient template–directed synthetic routes to mechanically interlocked molecular compounds is of seminal importance. It has changed dramatically the way chemists think about molecular systems and how they can be used in the fabrication of molecular switches and machines such as molecular elevators and shuttles.

 Stoddart's work was cleverly, elegantly and meticulously done, and carries tremendous creativity, originality and innovation. 

 Note to Editor:

 §     Over the past 29 years, a total of 38 scholars from 10 different countries have won the King Faisal International Prize for Science.

§ The topic for the 2008 King Faisal International Prize for Science is Biology. The deadline for nomination is 1 April 2007

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