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Stephen L. Buchwald
American chemist

Stephen L. Buchwald

Stephen L. Buchwald
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Intro American chemist
Is Chemist Educator
From United States of America
Field Academia Science
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1955, Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, U.S.A.
Age 67 years
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Stephen L. Buchwald (born 1955) is an American chemist and Camille Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry at MIT. He is known for his involvement in the development of the Buchwald-Hartwig amination and the discovery of the dialkylbiaryl phosphine ligand family for promoting this reaction and related transformations. He was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and as a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2000 and 2008, respectively. He also serves as an associate editor for the academic journal, Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis.


Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Stephen Buchwald received his Sc.B. in 1977 from Brown University where he worked with Kathlyn A. Parker and David E. Cane as well as Gilbert Stork from Columbia University. He received his Ph.D from Harvard University in 1982 working under Jeremy R. Knowles. Buchwald was a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech with Robert H. Grubbs. In 1984, he joined MIT faculty as an assistant professor of chemistry. He was promoted to associate professor in 1989 and to Professor in 1993. He was named the Camille Dreyfus Professor in 1997. He has coauthored over 435 accepted academic publications and 47 accepted patents.

Notable awards

  • Honorary Doctorate (University of South Florida, 2015)
  • BBVA Frontiers in Knowledge Award in Basic Sciences (2014)
  • Linus Pauling Award (2014)
  • Ulysses Medal (University College Dublin, 2014)
  • Arthur C. Cope Award (2013)
  • Gustavus J. Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest (2010)
  • Siegfried Medal Award in Chemical Methods which Impact Process Chemistry (2006)
  • American Chemical Society's Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry (2006)
  • CAS Science Spotlight Award (2005)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Distinguished Achievement Award (2005)
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