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List of the most influential people in Chemistry, for the years 2010 – 2020

Carolyn Bertozzi
# 1
Carolyn Bertozzi

1966 - Present (54 years)

#3431 person's overall influence

Carolyn Bertozzi is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, and is an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She earned a B.A. in chemistry from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Jean-Pierre Sauvage
# 2
Jean-Pierre Sauvage

1944 - Present (76 years)

#20785 person's overall influence

Sauvage is Director Emeritus of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Strasbourg, France. Sauvage received his Ph.D. from Louis Pasteur University (now part of the University of Strasbourg) in 1971. Sauvage was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford for two years, and taught at the University of Strasbourg as Professor of Chemistry along with his position as Director of Research at CNRS for many years. In 2016, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on molecular machines.

Ada Yonath
# 3
Ada Yonath

1939 - Present (81 years)

#1326 person's overall influence

Yonath is Director of the Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and Assembly of the Weizmann Institute of Science. She received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1962, her master’s in biochemistry in 1964, and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1968.

Fraser Stoddart
# 4
Fraser Stoddart

1942 - Present (78 years)

#5488 person's overall influence

Stoddart is Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University in the United States. He is also Head of the Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group in the Department of Chemistry. Stoddart received his bachelor’s degree as well as his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh in 1967.

Nigel Scrutton
# 5
Nigel Scrutton
#22557 person's overall influence

Nigel Shaun Scrutton is a British biochemist and biotechnology innovator known for his work on enzyme catalysis, biophysics and synthetic biology. He is Director of the UK Future Biomanufacturing Research Hub, Director of the Fine and Speciality Chemicals Synthetic Biology Research Centre , and Co-founder and Director of the 'fuels-from-biology' company C3 Biotechnologies Ltd. He is Professor of Enzymology and Biophysical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Manchester. He is former Director of the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology .

Eric Scerri
# 6
Eric Scerri

1953 - Present (67 years)

#25692 person's overall influence

Scerri is Lecturer at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He is also Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Foundations of Chemistry, a triannual a peer-reviewed academic journal. Scerri is widely acknowledged as an authority on the Periodic Table, appearing in the PBS documentary The Mystery of Matter. He received his bachelor’s of science degree from Westfield College, the University of London, his MPhil from the University of Southampton and his Ph.D. from King’s College London.

Kendall Houk
# 7
Kendall Houk

1943 - Present (77 years)

#43601 person's overall influence

Kendall Newcomb Houk is the Saul Winstein Chair in Organic Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research group studies organic, organometallic, and biological reactions using the tools of computational chemistry. This work involves quantum mechanical calculations, often with density functional theory, and molecular dynamics, either quantum dynamics for small systems or force fields such as AMBER, for solution and protein simulations.

Paul Anastas
# 8
Paul Anastas

1962 - Present (58 years)

#8191 person's overall influence

Anastas is Director of Yale University’s Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering. He is known as the “Father of Green Chemistry” for his work on the design and development of safe and environmentally-friendly chemicals. Anastas earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and his master’s and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Brandeis University.

# 9
Nicholas Turner
#28999 person's overall influence

Nicholas John Turner is a British chemist and a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at The University of Manchester. His research in general is based on biochemistry and organic chemistry, specifically on biotechnology, cell biology, biocatalysis and organic synthesis.

Omar M. Yaghi
# 10
Omar M. Yaghi

1965 - Present (55 years)

#33869 person's overall influence

Yaghi is the James and Neeltje Tretter Chair Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. Yaghi received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the State University of New York-Albany in 1985, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1990. He was then a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University for two years, working with the chemist Richard Holm.

George M. Whitesides
# 11
George M. Whitesides

1939 - Present (81 years)

#2489 person's overall influence

Whitesides is Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor at Harvard University. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Harvard College in 1960, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1964. A prolific researcher, Whitesides earned the highest Hirsch index rating of all living chemists in 2011, an index that attempts to measure the productivity and impact of scholars by analyzing their publications.

Jean-Marie Lehn
# 12
Jean-Marie Lehn

1939 - Present (81 years)

#6284 person's overall influence

Lehn is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Strasbourg’s Institute of Advanced Study (USIAS), as well as Chair of Chemistry of Complex Systems. He is also a member of the Reliance Innovation Council of Reliance Industries Limited, India. Lehn studied philosophy and chemistry at the University of Strasbourg, receiving his undergraduate degree in chemistry, and later his Ph.D.

David P. Mills
# 13
David P. Mills
#71601 person's overall influence

David Paul Mills is a British chemist and a reader in the Department of Chemistry at The University of Manchester. His research typically investigates the chemistry of the lanthanide and actinide f-block elements. This is generally based on the synthesis of new f-block complexes, structural and bonding properties and their uses in different fields including in nuclear fuel cycles, energy and single molecule magnets.

Thomas Maschmeyer
# 14
Thomas Maschmeyer

1966 - Present (54 years)

#104762 person's overall influence

Maschmeyer is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sydney, Australia. He is also Founding Director of the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology. Maschmeyer is known for his research on catalysis, sustainable processes, and renewable feedstocks (biomass, solar, and hydrogen). In addition, he also performs research on important areas such as nanostructured materials and reversible energy storage devices.

# 15
Floriana Tuna
#43793 person's overall influence

Floriana Tuna is a Romanian chemist and a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at The University of Manchester. Her research in general is based on inorganic chemistry and magnetochemistry, specifically on molecular magnetism, EPR spectroscopy and quantum computing.

Lesley Yellowlees
# 16
Lesley Yellowlees

1953 - Present (67 years)

#63068 person's overall influence

Yellowlees is Professor of Inorganic Electrochemistry at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is the first woman elected to head of chemistry at Edinburgh. She is also Head of the College of Science and Engineering. Yellowlees received her bachelor’s degree (BsC) in Chemical Physics at the University of Edinburgh in 1975, and finished her Ph.D. in Inorganic Electrochemistry at Edinburgh in 1982.

# 17
Ding Kuiling

1966 - Present (54 years)

#93740 person's overall influence

Ding Kuiling is a Chinese organic chemist. He has been Executive Vice President of Shanghai Jiao Tong University since October 2018, and formerly served as President of the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry. He is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Harry B. Gray
# 18
Harry B. Gray

1935 - Present (85 years)

#5298 person's overall influence

Gray is the Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry at California Institute of Technology. Gray received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Western Kentucky University in 1957. He earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northwestern University in 1960.

Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao
# 19
Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao

1934 - Present (86 years)

#4865 person's overall influence

Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao FRS, also known as C. N. R. Rao , is an Indian chemist who has worked mainly in solid-state and structural chemistry. He has honorary doctorates from 60 universities from around the world, and has authored around 1,600 research publications and 51 books. He is described as a scientist who had won all possible awards in his field except the Nobel Prize.

Itamar Willner
# 20
Itamar Willner

1947 - Present (73 years)

#67147 person's overall influence

Itamar Willner is a Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a chemist. He earned his Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Frances Arnold
# 21
Frances Arnold

1956 - Present (64 years)

#3355 person's overall influence

Frances Arnold is the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, and Biochemistry for the California Institute of Technology. She earned a B.S. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University and an M.S. and Ph.D in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. She earned a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her discovery of methods of using directed evolution to facilitate enzyme development.

George P. Smith
# 22
George P. Smith

1941 - Present (79 years)

#4841 person's overall influence

George Pearson Smith is an American biologist and Nobel laureate. He is a Curators' Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, US.

Ben Feringa
# 23
Ben Feringa

1951 - Present (69 years)

#17044 person's overall influence

Feringa is Jacobus van ’t Hoff Distinguished Professor of Molecular Sciences at the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry, the University of Groningen, Netherlands. He is also Academy Professor and Chair of Board of the Science Division of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. Feringa shares the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Fraser Stoddart and Jean-Pierre Sauvage for work on molecular machines.

Allen J. Bard
# 24
Allen J. Bard

1933 - Present (87 years)

#14949 person's overall influence

Allen J. Bard is a chemist and the Hackerman-Welch Regents Chair Professor and director of the Center for Electrochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin. He studied at the City College of New York before earning a Master’s degree and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

George C. Schatz
# 25
George C. Schatz

1949 - Present (71 years)

#67047 person's overall influence

George C. Schatz is a theoretical chemist, editor-in-chief at the Journal of Physical Chemistry, and the Morrison Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University. He earned his B.S. from Clarkson University and his Ph.D. from Caltech. He completed his post-doctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, investigating chemical reaction kinetics.

# 26
Stephen Liddle
#108786 person's overall influence

Stephen T. Liddle FRSC is a British professor of inorganic chemistry at the University of Manchester. He is Head of Inorganic Chemistry and Co-Director of the Centre for Radiochemistry Research at the University of Manchester since 2015.

Robert H. Grubbs
# 27
Robert H. Grubbs

1942 - Present (78 years)

#8382 person's overall influence

Grubbs is the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He received his bachelor of science in Chemistry at the University of Florida in 1963. He received his master’s degree from Florida in 1965. Grubbs got his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University in New York City in 1968.

Greg Winter
# 28
Greg Winter

1951 - Present (69 years)

#9323 person's overall influence

Sir Gregory Paul Winter is a Nobel Prize-winning British biochemist best known for his work on the therapeutic use of monoclonal antibodies. His research career has been based almost entirely at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and the MRC Centre for Protein Engineering, in Cambridge, England.

# 29
Richard Winpenny
#41897 person's overall influence

Richard Eric Parry Winpenny is a British chemist and a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Manchester. Winpenny's research is within the fields of inorganic chemistry and magnetochemistry, specifically the areas of single-molecule magnetism, inorganic synthesis, supramolecular chemistry and polymetallic caged complexes.

Robert Curl
# 30
Robert Curl

1933 - Present (87 years)

#3446 person's overall influence

Curl is the Pitzer–Schlumberger Professor of Natural Sciences Emeritus, and Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Rice University. Curl received his Bachelor of Science degree from Rice University (then the Rice Institute) in 1954. He got his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1957. Curl won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996 for his groundbreaking work on nanomaterials.

# 31
Donna Huryn
#124178 person's overall influence

Donna M. Huryn is an American medicinal and organic chemist. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. She is on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy, holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, is the principal investigator of the University of Pittsburgh Chemical Diversity Center, and was a visiting fellow in the summer of 2017 at the University of Bologna. She is a fellow of the American Chemical Society, recipient of the ACS Philadelphia

# 32
Raymond Chang

1939 - 2017 (78 years)

#31404 person's overall influence

Raymond Chang was an emeritus professor at Williams College in the Department of Chemistry and a textbook author. His most popular textbook was titled Chemistry, which was published up to the thirteenth edition. He also published a few children's books. He was a naturalized American citizen who came from Hong Kong to America to start graduate studies at Yale University. There he received both his master’s and PhD degrees. His family was originally from Shanghai, but Chang was born in Hong Kong as a result of his family’s deportation in 1937. They left to escape the Japanese invasion of China

Robert Bergman
# 33
Robert Bergman

1942 - Present (78 years)

#14010 person's overall influence

Robert Bergman is the Gerald E. K. Branch Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley and a researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Carleton College and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He completed his post-doctoral research at Columbia University.

# 34
Mark A. Johnson
#183173 person's overall influence

Mark A. Johnson is an American physical chemist and a professor of chemistry at Yale University. He received his Ph.D at Stanford University in 1983.

Martin Karplus
# 35
Martin Karplus

1930 - Present (90 years)

#5576 person's overall influence

Karplus is Theodore William Richards Professor of Chemistry, emeritus at Harvard University. He received his Bachelor of Arts (AB) degree from Harvard University in 1950, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1953, working with the famous Nobel laureate Linus Pauling. Karplus is also currently the Director of the Biophysical Chemistry Laboratory, a joint laboratory between the French National Center for Scientific Research and the University of Strasbourg, France.

# 36
Urs von Gunten

1959 - Present (61 years)

#94284 person's overall influence

Urs von Gunten is a Swiss environmental chemist and a Professor at EPFL . He is known for his research in the fields of drinking water quality and water treatment.

Tobin J. Marks
# 37
Tobin J. Marks

1944 - Present (76 years)

#26980 person's overall influence

Tobin J. Marks is the Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Catalytic Chemistry and a Professor of Material Science and Engineering at the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University. He earned his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Maryland College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. He went on to earn a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Robert H. Crabtree
# 38
Robert H. Crabtree

1948 - Present (72 years)

#72842 person's overall influence

Robert Howard Crabtree is a British-American chemist. He is serving as Whitehead Professor of Chemistry at Yale University in the United States. He is a naturalised citizen of the United States. Crabtree is particularly known for his work on "Crabtree's catalyst" for hydrogenations, and his textbook on organometallic chemistry.

# 39
Guy Lloyd-Jones

1966 - Present (54 years)

#94078 person's overall influence

Guy Charles Lloyd-Jones FRS FRSE is a British chemist. He is the Forbes Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. His research is largely concerned with the determination of organometallic reaction mechanisms, especially those of palladium-catalyzed coupling reactions such as Suzuki-Miyaura coupling.

# 40
Jon Clardy

1943 - Present (77 years)

#12262 person's overall influence

Jon Clardy is currently the Hsien Wu and Daisy Yen Wu professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on the isolation and structural characterization of natural products, and currently investigates the role of biologically active small molecules in mediating symbiotic interactions and disease.

Akira Yoshino
# 41
Akira Yoshino

1948 - Present (72 years)

#17207 person's overall influence

Akira Yoshino is a professor at Meijo University of Nagoya and a fellow of Asahi Kasei Corporation. He earned a B.S. and M.S. in engineering from Kyoto University and a doctorate from Osaka University. A future Nobel Laureate himself, Yoshino was a student of Kenichi Fukui, the first Asian to win a Nobel Prize in chemistry.

# 42
Laura Gagliardi

1977 - Present (43 years)

#95189 person's overall influence

Laura Gagliardi is an Italian theoretical and computational chemist and Richard and Kathy Leventhal Professor of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. She is known for her work on the development of electronic structure methods and their use for understanding complex chemical systems.

Charles M. Lieber
# 43
Charles M. Lieber

1959 - Present (61 years)

#14742 person's overall influence

Charles M. Lieber is co-founder of Nanosys and Vista Therapeutics, a pioneer in nanoscience and nanotechnology and a chemist. He earned a B.A. in chemistry from Franklin & Marshall College before earning his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He completed a two-year postdoctoral program at Caltech, where he studied long-distance electron transfer in metalloproteins.

# 44
Vartkess Ara Apkarian
#130556 person's overall influence

Vartkess Ara Apkarian is a noted physical chemist and a Professor of Chemistry at The University of California, Irvine. He is the Director of Center for Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit, a National Science Foundation Center for Chemical Innovation. He graduated from University of Southern California with B.S. degrees in Chemistry followed by Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Northwestern University. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University, he joined the University of California as Chemistry faculty in 1983. He served as the Chair of the Chemistry Department at UC Irvine.

Martyn Poliakoff
# 45
Martyn Poliakoff

1947 - Present (73 years)

#52531 person's overall influence

Martyn Poliakoff is a research professor in the chemistry department at the University of Nottingham. He attended Westminster School before earning a bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from King’s College in Cambridge.

# 46
David A. Evans

1941 - Present (79 years)

#21369 person's overall influence

David A. Evans is the Abbott and James Lawrence Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. He is a prominent figure in the field of organic chemistry and his research focuses on synthetic chemistry and total synthesis, particularly of large biologically active molecules. Among his best-known work is the development of aldol reaction methodology .

John F. Hartwig
# 47
John F. Hartwig

1964 - Present (56 years)

#31890 person's overall influence

John F. Hartwig is the Henry Rapoport Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. His laboratory focuses on developing new methods for the preparation of a broad range of organic compounds. His explorations have illustrated the potential of the transition metal-catalyzed construction of important carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom linkages in a way that has elevated such transformations to strategy level reactions.

Angela K. Wilson
# 48
Angela K. Wilson
#172093 person's overall influence

Angela K. Wilson was born on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She is currently John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Michigan State University (MSU), Director of the MSU Center for Quantum Computing, Science, and Engineering, and Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives in MSU’s College of Natural Sciences.

# 49
Steven Bachrach

1959 - Present (61 years)

#130506 person's overall influence

Steven M. Bachrach is an organic chemist who took up the position of Dean of Science at Monmouth University in 2016. Bachrach had previously been the Dr D. R. Semmes Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Bachrach is the author of the textbook Computational Organic Chemistry.

# 50
Professor Sabine Flitsch
#53104 person's overall influence

Sabine Flitsch is a German organic chemist and chemical biologist who holds a personal chair in Chemical Biology at the University of Manchester School of Chemistry, where she runs an active research glycobiology research group based in the Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre.