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Princeton Engineering Alumna Frances Arnold wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

October 3rd, 2018


The 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded today to Princeton alumna Frances Arnold “for the directed evolution of enzymes.” She received half of the award, while the other half was divided between George Smith of the University of Missouri-Columbia and Sir Gregory Winter of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge “for the phage display of peptides and antibodies.”

Arnold is the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). She graduated from Princeton University in 1979 with a B.S.E. in mechanical and aerospace engineering.

“Frances Arnold is a groundbreaking chemist whose research has had far-reaching impact on the development of chemical substances, from pharmaceuticals to biofuels. I am thrilled that she has won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry,” said Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber. “Professor Arnold’s scientific excellence and intellectual leadership exemplify values essential to our University, and all of us at Princeton are celebrating her receipt of this well-deserved honor.”

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