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Media Advisory - Queen's University welcomes Nobel Laureate Sir Fraser Stoddart

Thursday, April 12, 2018

KINGSTON – Nobel Prize winner Sir Fraser Stoddart is visiting Queen’s University to present the Inaugural Walter Szarek lecture.  Mario Pinto, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, will introduce the distinguished speaker.


Dr. Szarek joined Queen’s University in 1967 and on the occasion of his 80th birthday, the Department of Chemistry is honouring him with a named lectureship. The inaugural lecture is being presented by Sir Fraser, who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2016 for the design and synthesis of molecular machines.


From 1967-1970 Dr. Sir Fraser was a postdoctoral fellow in the chemistry department. During this time he was in the group of Dr. J.K. Jones, but was supervised by Dr. Szarek, who had been hired at about the same time. It was Dr. Szarek who directed Dr. Sir Fraser’s research interests from carbohydrate chemistry to the, then new, area of macrocycle synthesis and chemistry.

Dr. Pinto is also an alumnus from the Queen’s chemistry department where he obtained his B.Sc. He then joined the Szarek Group and earned a doctoral degree in 1980.


The lecture takes place Friday, April 13 at 11:15 am in Chernoff Hall.

Media interested in an attending are asked to contact Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca.