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Fraser Stoddart Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography

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Wife: Norma Agnes Scholan
Hometown: Edinburgh
Age: 82 Years

Fraser Stoddart

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Full NameJames Fraser Stoddart
Title NameSir J. Fraser Stoddart
Other Name J. Fraser
ProfessionChemist
Famous forNobel Prize winner of Chemistry in 2016
Physical Stats & More
Eye ColourBlue
Hair ColourLight Brown
Chemistry
Field(s)• Physical Chemistry

• Organic Chemistry

• Lock-and-Key Chemistry

• Unnatural Product Synthesis

• Molecular Nanotechnology

• Supramolecular chemistry
Institution(s)1967-1969: Queen's University

1970-1990: University of Sheffield

1978-1981: ICI Corporate Laboratory, Runcorn

1990-1997: University of Birmingham

1997-2007: University of California, Los Angeles

2008-present: Northwestern University

2014-present: Tianjin University

2018-present: University of New South Wales

2023-present: University of Hong Kong
ThesisPhD: Studies on plant gums of the Acacia group
DSc: Some adventures in stereochemistry
Doctoral advisor(s)• Edmund Langley Hirst

• Douglas M W Anderson
Notable students• David Leigh

• Narayanaswamy Jayaraman

• Douglas Philp
Professional Societies (Member Since)1965: The Royal Society of Chemistry (The Chemical Society)

1971: The American Chemical Society

1994: The Royal Society of London

1994-1997: The Royal Institution of Great Britain

1999: Germany Academy of Natural Sciences, Leopoldina

2005: The American Association for the Advancement of Science

2006: The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

2007: Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor

2008: The Royal Society of Edinburgh

2012: The American Academy of Arts and Sciences

2014: The National Academy of Sciences

2017: The EU Academy of Sciences

2018: The Chinese Academy of Sciences

2018: The Royal Society of New South Wales

2018: The European Academy of Science and Arts

2020: The Indian Chemical Society

2021: The Australian Academy of Science
Awards, Honours, Achievements Honorary Fellowship

1986-1987: Leverhulme Research Fellowship

1988-1989: Leverhulme Research Fellowship

1998: Humboldt Fellowship

2018-2019: Chemistry Europe Fellowship

2019: Fellowship of the National Academy of Inventors

Honorary Professorship

2005: Carnegie Centenary Professorship at the Universities of Scotland

2005, 2017: East China University of Science and Technology

2013: Jilin University in Changchun, China

2018: Fudan University in Shanghai, China

2018: Beijing Institute of Technology in Beijing, China

2018: Yang Shixian Honorary Professorship (Nankai University)

2019: UST Honorary Chair Professor at the University System of Taiwan

Honorary Degrees

2005: Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) Degree by University of Birmingham

2006: Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) Degree by University of Twente

2008: Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) Degree by University of Sheffield

2009: Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) Degree by Trinity College, Dublin

2010: Honorary Doctor of Science Degree by St Andrews University
Fraser Stoddart (left) when he received the Honorary Doctor of Science Degree by St Andrews University

2017: Honorary Doctor of Science Degree by University of Nottingham

2018: Doctor Degree Honoris Causa by University Autonoma Madrid

2018: Honorary Doctor of Medicine Degree by Yerevan State Medical University

2018: Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) Degree by University of Southern Denmark

2019: Honorary Doutor Honoris Causa by University of Brasília
Fraser Stoddart receiving his Honorary Doutor Honoris Causa by University of Brasília

2019: Honorary Doctor Degree by Hong Kong Baptist University

2023: Honorary Doctorate by University of Barcelona
Fraser Stoddart (extreme left) when he received the Honorary Doctor Degree by University of Barcelona

Others

1993: International Izatt-Christensen Award in Macrocyclic Chemistry

1994: Chaire Bruylants Award (University of Louvaine-La-Neuve, Belgium)

1995: Adolf Steinhofer Foundation Award (University of Kaiserslautern, Germany)

1999: Arthur C Cope Scholar Award (American Chemical Society)

2001: Herbert Newby McCoy Award (UCLA)

2004: Nagoya Gold Medal in Organic Chemistry

2005: American Chemical Society PMSE Division Arthur K Doolittle Award

2005: University of Edinburgh Alumnus of the Year 2005 Award

2006: Mack Memorial Award by Ohio State University

2006: Fuson Award by University of Nevada

2007: King Faisal International Prize in Science
Fraser Stoddart receiving King Faisal International Prize in Science

2007: Jabir Ibn Hyyan (Geber) Medal by Saudi Chemical Society

2007: Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry

2007: Albert Einstein World Prize in Science by World Cultural Council

2007: Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology (Experimental)

2007: Appointed Knight Bachelor by HM Queen Elizabeth II
Fraser Stoddart when he was appointed Knight Bachelor by HM Queen Elizabeth II

2008: Arthur C Cope Award by American Chemical Society

2008: Davy Medal of the Royal Society of London

2010: ISNSCE Award (FNANO2010)

2010: Royal Medal of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
Fraser Stoddart (right) receiving Royal Medal of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

2010: Undergraduate Chemistry Council Teacher of the Year by Northwestern University

2012: Distinguished Citizen Award by Illinois St Andrews Society

2013: IChemE North America Chemical Engineering Project of the Year Award

2014: Centenary Prize by Royal Society of Chemistry

2016: Alan G MacDiarmid Medal by University of Pennsylvania

2016: Nobel Prize in Chemistry by Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Fraser Stoddart with Noble Prize

2017: SAFEA International Teacher of the Year by Peking University

2017: Great Immigrants for 2017 by Carnegie Corporation of New York

2017: Scottish Innovation Award by Baird of Bute Society

2017: Second Netherlands Award in Supramolecular Chemistry
Fraser Stoddart (middle) receiving Second Netherlands Award in Supramolecular Chemistry

2019: Science and Technology Cooperative Award by Chinese Government

2022: STEM Leadership Award for Propelling Science (CME / NASA)
Personal Life
Date of Birth24 May 1942 (Sunday)
Age (as of 2024)82 Years
BirthplaceEdinburgh, Scotland, UK
Zodiac signGemini
NationalityBritish
Citizenship• United Kingdom (UK)
• United States of America (USA)
HometownEdinburgh
School• A local village school in Carrington, Midlothian, Scotland, UK (1946-1950)

• Stewart's Melville College, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (1950-1960)
College/University• Edinburgh University, Scotland, UK (1960-1964)

• Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

• University of Sheffield, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Educational Qualification• B.Sc. (1964) and Ph.D. (1966) degrees from Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

• Postdoctoral Fellow, Queen’s University (Canada)

• DSc degree from Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

• Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) Research Fellow, Sheffield University
ReligionChristianity
EthnicityWhite British
Address2720 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL 60201-2072, USA
Food HabitNon-vegetarian
Hobbies• Travelling
Fraser Stoddart during a trip to a beach
• Swimming
Fraser Stoddart during a swimming session
ControversyDispute over patents

In September 2020, Fraser Stoddart and Northwestern University (NU) filed a lawsuit against Youssry Botros, chief technology officer of the PanaceaNano, a Pasadena, California-based startup which produces skincare products. Stoddart and NU claimed that the products of the startup are based on their research but Botros have not included their names in the patents of the products due to which they have suffered loss in revenue. [1]Crain's Chicago Business Botros replied back by saying that though he did attend the courses at the laboratory of Stoddart in NU, he only used basic chemical formulas to develop the products. Botros also asked the court to examine the constituents and production methos of the products to verify his claims. The court setup a committee to check the necessary details about the procedures and put Stoddart's and NU's request for name inclusion in patents on hold.
Social MediaTwitter
Official Website
Relationships & More
Marital StatusWidower
Affairs/GirlfriendsNorma Agnes Scholan
Fraser Stoddart with Norma (left)
Marriage Date8 October 1968
Family
Wife/SpouseNorma Agnes Scholan (Scientist; died on 12 January 2004)
Fraser Stoddart's Wife, Norma
ChildrenDaughter- 2
• Fiona (born 1973, married to Quentin McCubbin)
Fiona Stoddart, her son, James, daughter, Kate, and husband, Quentin McCubbin (right to left)
• Alison (born 1976)
Fraser Stoddart with his daughter, Alison Stoddart
ParentsFather- Thomas Fraser Stoddart
Mother- Jane Spalding Hislop Fortune
A childhood photo of Fraser Stoddart with his parents
SiblingsHe is the only child of his parents.

Fraser Stoddart

Some Lesser Known Facts About Fraser Stoddart

  • He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and was a very weak infant. The doctor had said that there was a 50% chance that he would live but he survived.
  • He was brought up on Edgelaw Farm where he lived without electricity till the age of 18.
  • His father took care of the farm where he also worked and looked after the cows and sheep. He also used to fish at the lake in the farm.

    Fraser Stoddart fishing during his childhood days

    Fraser Stoddart fishing during his childhood days

  • He took piano lessons during his school days but later stopped as could not learn according to his expectations. He later played hockey for his school team.

    Fraser Stoddart during his school days

    Fraser Stoddart during his school days

  • He did not belong to a rich family, yet his father bought him a Lanbreeta scooter when he got his driver’s licence after turning 16 in 1958.

    Fraser Stoddart riding his Lambretta scooter when he turned 16

    Fraser Stoddart riding his Lambretta scooter when he turned 16

  • He met his wife Norma Scholan while pursuing his PhD as she joined the Dr D M W Anderson group as a fourth-year undergraduate research student.
  • Stoddart moved to Canada in 1967 to pursue further education.

    Fraser Stoddart during his college days

    Fraser Stoddart during his college days

  • His wife, Norma, moved to Canada after their marriage in 1968 where she pursued her PhD.
  • He was once typing Norma’s PhD thesis when the coffee suddenly spilt on the pages. While Norma started crying and later slept after he comforted her, he remained awake for the whole night and retyped the thesis.
  • After completing his academics, he joined Sheffield University as a lecturer of Chemistry.
  • In 1978, he was a Science Research Council Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
  • He was promoted to Readership at the Sheffield University in 1982.
  • He moved to the Chair of Organic Chemistry at Birmingham University in 1990 and was appointed head of the School of Chemistry there.
  • In February 1992, his wife Norma suffered a brain haemorrhage but her artery self-healed within a few days.

    Fraser Stoddart with his daughters and wife (right to left)

    Fraser Stoddart with his daughters and wife (right to left)

  • Norma was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 1992 which became metastatic in 1996.
  • In 1997, he was appointed Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), succeeding Nobel Laureate Donald Cram. He taught students there till 2008.

    Fraser Stoddart experimenting in one of his labs

    Fraser Stoddart experimenting in one of his labs

  • Norma underwent treatment for breast cancer for several years in the US before she was diagnosed with final-stage cancer in November 2003.
  • In 2003, he became the Director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) and worked there till August 2007. In 2008, he moved to Northwestern University as a Board of Trustees Professor in Chemistry.

    Fraser Stoddart during a lecture

    Fraser Stoddart during a lecture

  • The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) predicted him as the likely winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
  • From January 1997 to August 2007, the Institute for Scientific Information ranked him as the 3rd most cited chemist.
  • The University of Edinburgh established ‘The Fraser and Norma Stoddart Prize’ for PhD students which was given for the first time in 2013.

    Fraser Stoddart (left) giving 'The Fraser and Norma Stoddart Prize' to one of the recipients

    Fraser Stoddart (left) giving ‘The Fraser and Norma Stoddart Prize’ to one of the recipients

  • He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2016 along with Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Bernard L. Feringa 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.

    Winners of 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

    Winners of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

  • Then-US President Barack Obama also met with Stoddart after he won the Nobel Prize and congratulated him. Many other organisations ranked him as one of the best immigrant scientists in the USA.

    Fraser Stoddart, his daughters, Allison and Fiona, and Barack Obama (right to left)

    Fraser Stoddart, his daughters, Allison and Fiona, and Barack Obama (right to left)

  • In November 2019, he launched his skincare brand Noble Panacea which included day cream, eye cream, night cream, and serum.

    Products of Fraser Stoddart's makeup brand, Noble Panacea

    Products of Fraser Stoddart’s makeup brand, Noble Panacea

  • In 2021, he co-founded a startup H2MOF with Omar Yaghi and Sameer Taha which works in the field of hydrogen storage.

    Sameer Taha, Fraser Stoddart, and Omar Yaghi, co-founders of H2MOF

    Sameer Taha, Fraser Stoddart, and Omar Yaghi, co-founders of H2MOF

  • As of 2022, James Fraser Stoddart has an h-index of 175.
  • Stoddart has trained nearly 450 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers during 35 years in his laboratories.

    Fraser Stoddart working in the laboratory with his PhD students

    Fraser Stoddart working in the laboratory with his PhD students

  • He is known for using Nanomechanical Systems by using Mechanically-Interlocked Molecular Architectures.
  • Stoddart has been credited for making molecular machines attractive to chemists.
  • His papers and other presentation materials are easily recognized due to his distinctive cartoon style of representation which he has developed since the late 1980s.
  • Fraser holds around 20 patents and has published more than 1100 publications.
  • His work in Chemistry has changed the way chemists think about Molecular Switches and Machines.
  • His daughters are also graduates in Chemistry with First Class Honours degrees. His elder daughter, Fiona, has done her graduation at Imperial College London, and his younger daughter, Alison, has done it at the University of Cambridge.

    Fraser Stoddart with his daughters, Fiona (left) and Alison

    Fraser Stoddart with his daughters, Fiona (left) and Alison

  • He likes to drink wine during parties.

    Fraser Stoddart (middle) holding a glass of wine

    Fraser Stoddart (middle) holding a glass of wine

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