Karl Barry Sharpless

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Date of Birth April 28, 1941
Place of Birth Pennsylvania
Age 79 years old
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Karl Barry Sharpless

Karl Barry Sharpless is an American chemist and Nobel Laureate known for his work on stereoselective reactions and Click Chemistry.

Born: Apr 28, 1941, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Nationality: United States
Fields: Chemistry
Institutions: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, The Scripps Research Institute
Alma mater: Dartmouth College, Stanford University, Harvard University
Thesis: Studies of the mechanism of action of 2,3-oxidosqualene-lanosterol cyclase: featuring enzymic cyclization of modified squalene oxides (1968)
Known for: enantioselective synthesis, click chemistry
Notable awards: Priestley Medal (2019), Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2001), Wolf Prize (2001), Benjamin Franklin Medal (2001), Rylander Award (2000), Chemical Sciences Award (2000), Chirality Medal (2000), Rhone Poulenc Medal (2000), Harvey Prize (1998), Microbial Chemistry Medal (1997), King Faisal International Prize (1995), Cliff Hamilton Award (1995), Tetrahedron Prize (1993), Centenary Lectureship Medal (1993), Arthur C. Cope Award (1992), Scheele Award (1991), Chemical Pioneer Award (1988), Dr. Paul Janssen Prize (1986), Allan Day Award (1985)

About Karl Barry Sharpless

An American chemist who is best known for his work on stereoselective reactions.

Before Fame

He earned his Ph.D from Stanford University in 1968.


He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2001 for his work on chirally catalysed oxidation reactions.

Family Life

He has three children with his wife Jan Dueser, who he married in 1965.


He won the Nobel Prize two years before Peter Agre did.

Information related to Karl Barry Sharpless

  • Stereochemists
  • Wolf Prize in Chemistry laureates
  • Scripps Research Institute faculty
  • Scientists from Philadelphia
  • 21st-century American chemists
  • Nobel laureates in Chemistry
  • Organic chemists
  • American Nobel laureates
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