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Gilbert Stork

Gilbert Stork
Born December 31, 1921 (1921-12-31) (age 88)
Brussels, Belgium
Nationality Belgian, American
Institutions Harvard University
Columbia University
Alma mater University of Florida B.S. 1942
University of Wisconsin‚ÄďMadison Ph.D 1945
Notable awards Wolf Prize 1996

Gilbert Stork (born December 31, 1921) is a Belgian-born U.S. organic chemist. He is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Columbia University. The Stork enamine synthesis is named in his honor.



University of Florida, B.S. 1942; University of Wisconsin‚ÄďMadison, PhD 1945 with Samuel M. McElvain


  • 1946 Harvard University: Instructor; 1948 Assistant Professor
  • 1953 Columbia University: Associate Professor; 1955 Professor; 1967-1993 Eugene Higgins Professor; *1993 Professor Emeritus

Elected to

  • U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 1961
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1962
  • Foreign Member of the French Acad√©mie des Sciences, 1989
  • American Philosophical Society, 1995
  • The Royal Society, UK 1999

Awarded Honorary Fellowship or Membership

  • The Chemists' Club of New York, 1974
  • The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan, 1973
  • The Chemical Society of Japan, 2002
  • The Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, 1983
  • Chairman Organic Division of the American Chemical Society, 1966-1967


  • 1957 Award in Pure Chemistry of the American Chemical Society
  • 1959 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow
  • 1961 Baekeland Medal, North Jersey ACS
  • 1962 Harrison Howe Award
  • 1966 Edward Curtis Franklin Memorial Award, Stanford University
  • 1967 American Chemical Society Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry
  • 1971 Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufactures Association Gold Medal
  • 1973 Nebraska Award
  • 1978 Roussel Prize, Paris
  • 1980 Nichols Medal, New York ACS, Arthur C. Cope Award, ACS
  • 1982 Edgar Fahs Smith Award, Philadelphia ACS
  • 1982 Willard Gibbs Medal, Chicago ACS
  • 1982 National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences
  • 1983 National Medal of Science; Pauling Award
  • 1985 Tetrahedron Prize
  • 1986 Remsen Award, Maryland ACS; Cliff S. Hamilton Award,
  • 1987 Monie A Ferst Award and Medal, Georgia Tech.
  • 1991 Roger Adams Award
  • 1992 George Kenner Award, Liverpool
  • 1992 Robert Robinson Lectureship, University of Manchester
  • 1992 Chemical Pioneer Award, American Institute of Chemists
  • 1993 Robert A. Welch Award
  • 1994 Allan R. Day Award, Philadelphia Organic Chemists Club
  • 1995 Wolf Prize, Israel
  • 2002 D. H. Barton Medal, Royal Society of Chemistry

Prof. Stork also holds honorary doctorates from Lawrence University, the University of Wisconsin‚ÄďMadison, the University of Paris, the University of Rochester, and Columbia University.




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