The March issue of the AIChE Journal pays homage to Frances Arnold, the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology, and Director of Caltech’s Rosen Bioengineering Center. Anyone reading this article probably knows that she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2018 for the directed evolution of enzymes. She is only the fifth woman to ever win this prize, and the first American woman to win it.
“The list of Frances’ prior honors and awards is extensive,” write Patrick C. Cirino (Univ. of Houston) and Cynthia Collins (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) in their retrospective article “Commemorating Frances Arnold.” Among these are elections to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences — she is the first woman to be elected to all three. She won the 2011 NAE Draper Prize and the 2016 Millennium Technology Prize.
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