Bernard L. Feringa Age, Biography & More


Real NameBernard Lucas "Ben" Feringa
NicknameBen Feringa
ProfessionSynthetic Organic Chemist
FieldsOrganic Chemistry
Materials Science
ThesisAsymmetric oxidation of phenols.
Atropisomerism and optical activity (1978)
Doctoral AdvisorLate Prof Hans Wijnberg
Awards/Achievements• He has been awarded with the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award.
• He has been awarded with the Nagoya Medal of Organic Chemistry.
• In 1998, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
• In 2004, he was awarded with the Spinoza Prize.
• In 2004, he was elected foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
• In 2008, the Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands knighted him in the Order of the Netherlands Lion.
• In 2012, he was awarded with the Grand Prix Scientifique Cino del Duca.
• In 2013, he was appointed to the Council of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
• On October 5, 2016, he was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Physical Stats & More
Heightin centimeters- 173 cm
in meters- 1.73 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 8”
Weightin Kilograms- 68 kg
in Pounds- 150 lbs
Eye ColourBlue
Hair ColourBrown
Personal Life
Date of BirthMay 18, 1951
Age (as in 2016)65 Years
Birth PlaceBarger-Compascuum, Netherlands
Zodiac sign/Sun signTaurus
HometownGroningen, Netherlands
SchoolNot Known
College/UniversityUniversity of Groningen, Netherlands
Educational QualificationsPhD from University of Groningen, Netherlands
BS from University of Groningen, Netherlands
ReligionNot Known
HobbiesReading Science Journals
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsNot Known
WifeBetty Feringa
ChildrenSon- Not Known
Daughter- Not Known


Some Lesser Known Facts About Bernard L. Feringa

  • Does Bernard L. Feringa smoke?: Not Known
  • Does Bernard L. Feringa drink alcohol?: Not Known
  • He was born in Barger-Compascuum, Netherlands and completed his Alma Mater from the University of Groningen, Netherlands.
  • In 1984, he was appointed as a lecturer at the University of Groningen and became a full Professor in the year 1988.
  • His work in Stereochemistry made a significant contributions in Photochemistry which ultimately resulted in the 1st light driven monodirectional molecular rotary motor and later a so-called nanocar (molecular car) driven by electrical impulses.
  • He has published more than 600 research papers and holds 30 patents so far.
  • His most significant contribution to Chemistry is his work on molecular switches and motors which have been based on asymmetric catalysis, stereochemistry and dynamic molecular systems.
  • On October 5, 2016, he was awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Fraser Stoddart and Jean-Pierre Sauvage for their design and production of Molecular Machines. They have developed molecules with controllable movements and these molecules can perform a task when energy is added. nobel-prize-chemistry-2016-winners