George M. Whitesides was born August 3, 1939 in Louisville, KY. He received an A.B. degree from Harvard University in 1960 and a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology (with J.D. Roberts) in 1964. He was a member of the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1963 to 1982. He joined the Department of Chemistry of Harvard University in 1982, and was Department Chairman 1986-89, and Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry from 1982-2004. He is now the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor.
Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (1968)
American Chemical Society (ACS) Award in Pure Chemistry (1975)
Harrison Howe Award (Rochester Section of the ACS) (1979)
Alumni Distinguished Service Award (California Institute of Technology) (1980)
Remsen Award (ACS, Maryland Section) (1983)
Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (ACS) (1989)
James Flack Norris Award (ACS, New England Section) (1994)
Arthur C. Cope Award (ACS) (1995)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Award for Significant Technical Achievement (1996) Madison Marshall Award (ACS) (1996)
U.S. National Medal of Science (1998)
Sierra Nevada Distinguished Chemist Award (Sierra Nevada Section of the ACS) (1999)
The Wallac Oy Innovation Award in High Throughput Screening (Society for Biomolecular Screening) (1999)
Award for Excellence in Surface Science (Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation) (1999) Von Hippel Award (Materials Research Society) (2000)
World Technology Award for Materials from the World Technology Network (2001)
Doctorate Honoris Causa, University of Twente (The Netherlands) (2001)
Small Times Magazine’s Researcher of the Year award (2002)
Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award (Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh) (2003)
Kyoto Prize for Advanced Technology (Inamori Foundation, Japan) (2003)
Paracelsus Prize (Swiss Chemical Society) (2004) Ralph and Helen Oesper Award (ACS, Cincinnati Section) (2004)
Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award in Biotechnology and Medicine (Jacob and Louise Gabbay Foundation) (2004)
2004 Dickson Prize in Science (Carnegie Mellon University) (2005)
Dan David Prize in Future Science (Dan David Foundation, Israel) (2005)
Linus Pauling Award (Northwest Section ACS) (2005)
Welch Award (2005)
UAA-Dhirumbhai Ambani Award (National Academy of Science, India) (2006)
Priestley Award (American Chemical Society) (2007)
R&D Magazine’s Scientist of the Year (2007)
August Wilhelm von Hofmann Lecture, German Chemical Society (2007)
American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal (2007) Wheland Medal (U. Chicago) (2008)
Outstanding Achievement Award in Nanotechnology (Ohio State University) (2008)
Nanoscience Prize (International Society for Nanoscale Science, Computation and Engineering) (2008)
Prince of Asturias Award in Science and Technology (Prince of Asturias Foundation, Spain) (2008)
Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry (Franklin Foundation) (2009) Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award (2009)
100 Most Creative People, FAST Company (2009)
Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences (2009)
IKCOC Prize (International Kyoto Conference on Organic Chemistry) (2009)
Othmer Gold Medal (Chemical Heritage Foundation) (2010)
King Faisal International Prize for Science (2011)
Memberships and Fellowships
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
National Academy of Sciences
National Academy of Engineering
American Philosophical Society
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Fellow of the Institute of Physics
New York Academy of Sciences
World Technology Network
Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Science
Honorary Member of the Materials Research Society of India
Honorary Fellow of the Chemical Research Society of India
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK)
Institut de France-Académie des sciences (2010)
Recent Advisory Positions
National Research Council: Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology (1984-89; Chairman, 1986-99); Naval Studies Board (1989-97; Vice Chairman, 1992-97); Committee on Bioprocess Engineering (1991-92); Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy (1991-97); Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (1994-97); Board on Physics and Astronomy (1997-2001) Committee on Science and Technology for Counter Terrorism (2002); Committee on Nanotechnology for the Intelligence Community (2003); Committee on Prospering in a Global Economy (the "Gathering Storm" Committee, 2005); Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy (COSEPUP, 2005-, Chairman); Committee on Forefronts of Science at teh Interface of Physical and Life Sciences (2007-08).
National Science Foundation: Chemistry Advisory Committee (1984-86; Chairman, 1986), Materials Research Advisory Committee (1991-93; Chairman, 1993), Review Panel for the Materials Research Laboratories (1993, co-Chairman); Advisory Committee for Mathematics and Physical Sciences (1993-96); NSF Senior Assessment Panel: International Assessment of U. S. Mathematical Sciences (1997); Workshop on Chemical Bonding Centers, (2003); Workshop on Chemistry and Cognition (2004).
Department of Defense: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Defense Science Research Council (1984- ); Defense Science Board (1993-2003); Threat Reduction Advisory Committee to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (1998- 2006).
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): Biological and Physical Research Maximization and Prioritization (REMAP) Task Force (2002).
Other: M.I.T. Advisory Committee for Lincoln Laboratory (1985-2004); Scientific Advisory Committee for the Scripps Research Institute (1993-7); Sandia Science and Technology Advisory Board (2002-04, 2006- ); Sandia NWEAB (2004-07); Intelligence Science Board (2003); International Committee to Assess the Status of Chemistry in the UK (EPSRC, 2003; chairman); Advisory Board for Mesa+ (U. Twente, 2004-6); Committee on Science at Brandeis (2004-5, chairman); Genomics Research Center (Taiwan, 2006 - ; chairman); Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology (ISN, MIT, 2005- 8); Advisory Committee for the Materials Research Center (U. Illinois/DoE, 2005 -); Advisory Committee for the ISAS (Dortmund, 2005-6 ).
Boards of Directors
Theravance, Hughes Research Laboratories, Surface Logix, Nano-Terra, Arsenal Biomedical, Diagnostics for All Foundation, Paper Diagnostics, MC 10 Corporation.
Angewandte Chemie, Langmuir, Nanotechnology, Chemistry, an Asian Journal, Small¬, Chemistry & Engineering News, ChemSusChem, ACS Nano, Lab on a Chip.
Physical and organic chemistry, materials science, biophysics, complexity and emergence, surface science, microfluidics, optics, self-assembly, micro- and nanotechnology, science for developing economies, catalysis, energy production and conservation, origin of life, rational drug design, cell-surface biochemistry, simplicity, and infochemistry.