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2020 Prize Recipient


PROF. P. S. Baran

Professor of Chemistry
The Scripps Research Institute

Phil Baran was born in 1977 in Denville, New Jersey. At the age of 19 and following only three years at New York University, Phil received his BS degree in Chemistry with Honors, having progressed through his education at an accelerated pace and with a remarkable six publications. He received his PhD from The Scripps Research Institute in 2001 as an NSF Fellow in a record four years with an astonishing 31 publications. From 2001 - 2003, he was an NIH-postdoctoral fellow at Harvard


His professional career began at Scripps in the summer of 2003, and he became Professor of Chemsitry in 2008. He currently holds the Darlene Shiley Chair in Chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute


Phil has published more than 222 scientific articles and has been the recipient of several ACS awards such as the Corey (2015), Pure Chemistry (2010), Fresenius (2006), and Nobel Laureate Signature (2003). He has also received several international distinctions such as the Hirata Gold Medal and Mukaiyama Prize (Japan, 2014), the RSC award in Synthesis (UK, 2013), and the Sackler Prize (Israel). In 2013, he was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, in 2015 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, in 2016 he was awarded the Blavatnik National Award, and most recently, in 2017, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, USA, and received the Inhoffen Medal in 2019.


He has delivered hundreds of lectures around the world and consults for numerous companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb (since late 2005), Boehringer-Ingelheim, AstraZeneca, DuPont and TEVA, and is a scientific advisory board member for Eisai, Abide, and AsymChem. In 2016 he was appointed Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society. He co-founded Sirenas Marine Discovery (2012) and Vividion Therapeutics (2016) and in 2013, he co- authored The Portable Chemist’s Consultant, an interactive book published on the iBooks store along with his graduate class in Heterocyclic Chemistry (viewable for free by anyone on iTunes University).  


Outside of the lab, Phil enjoys spending time with his wife Ana and three young children – Lucia, Leah, and Manuel.

Dave MacMillan

“It is deeply humbling to be recognized with this honor. Paul Janssen’s contributions improved the lives of so many through chemistry, which is an aspirational goal for everyone that engages in synthesis.”


Philip S. Baran
Last updated: Jan. 9, 2020


2022 – PROF F. Glorius Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität
Münster – Germany
2020 - PROF P. S. Baran Scripps Research Institute, USA
2018 - PROF. F. D. Toste UC Berkeley, USA
2016 - PROF. D. MacMillan Princeton University, USA
2014 - PROF. J.F Hartwig UC Berkeley, USA
2012 - PROF. I. Marek Technion, Israel
2010 - PROF. E. Jacobsen Harvard University, USA
2008 - PROF. A. Fürstner Max-Planck-Institut, Germany
2004 - PROF. P. Knochel Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Germany
2002 - PROF. D. Boger Scripps Research Institute, USA
2000 - PROF. F. Diederich ETH Zurich, Switzerland
1998 - PROF. D. P. Curran University of Pittsburgh, USA
1996 - PROF. S. V. Ley Cambridge, UK
1994 - PROF. K. C. Nicolaou The Scripps Research Institute and University of California at San Diego, USA
1992 - PROF. P. D. Magnus Texas University, USA
1990 - PROF. B. M. Trost Stanford University, USA
1988 - PROF. J. Baldwin Oxford University, UK
1986 - PROF. K. B. Sharpless Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA