2018 AWARD

Wolf Award

Omar Yaghi

Omar Yaghi with research group.
2017 AWARD

Wolf Award

Robert G. Bergman

Robert G. Bergman
2016 AWARD

L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award

Jennifer Doudna

2015 AWARD

MacArthur Fellow

Peidong Yang

2015 PROGRAM

Berkeley Catalyst Fund (BCF)

Berkeley Catalyst Fund to benefit entrepreneurial startups begins.

Berkeley Catalyst Fund
2015 DISCOVERY

Quantum Speed Limit

K. Birgitta Whaley establishes quantum speed limit.

Birdgitta Whaley
2015 AWARD
Carolyn Bertozzi

FE. O. Lawrence Award

Carolyn Bertozzi
Peidong Yang

2014 AWARD

Eni Award

Jay Keasling

Jay Keasling
2014 AWARD
Robert Bergman

Hevesy Medal

Heino Nitsche


Enrico Fermi Award

Charles Shank


Welch Award

Robert Bergman

2014 PROGRAM

CARA

California Research Alliance (CARA) by BASF is founded.

CARA
2014 BUILDING

New Advising Center

Que Family Undergraduate Advising Center is established.

Que Family Advising Center ribbon cutting.
2013 DISCOVERY

Synthetic Antimalarial Drug

Jay Keasling’s 2001 discovery leads to first synthetic antimalarial drug on the market.

Jay Keasling
2013 AWARD

Eni Award

Frances Arnold (alumna)


Japan Prize

Jean Fréchet


National Medal of Technology & Innovation

Frances Arnold (alumna)


Einstein Professorship, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Alexis T. Bell

Alex Bell
2013 BUILDING

Dow Sustainable Chemistry Laboratories

DOW logo
2012 AWARD
Enrique Iglesia

Wolf Prize

A. Paul Alivisatos


Eni Award

Enrique Iglesia


Heinz Award

Jay Keasling

2012 DISCOVERY

CRISPR

Jennifer Doudna discovers CRISPR, revolutionary method for splicing DNA.

Jennifer Doudna
2011 AWARD
Ahmed Zewail

PRIESTLEY MEDAL

Ahmed Zewail (pdoc)


ENI AWARD

Gabor Somorjai

2011 PROGRAM

BCGC

Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry is founded.

plant reflected in water
2010 PROGRAM

DEPARTMENT OF CBE

ChemE department is renamed the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering.

Gilman Hall, home of the Department of CBE.
2010 AWARD

HEVESY MEDAL

Darleane Hoffman

2008 PROGRAM

LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LAB

A. Paul Alivisatos is named Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

2008 AWARD

PRIESTLEY MEDAL

Gabor A. Somorjai

2007 AWARD

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

Susan Solomon (alumna)

2007 COMPANY

BP & BERKELEY BIOFUELS

BP selects Berkeley to lead $500M biofuels effort.

2007 AWARD

Welch Award

William H. Miller

William Miller
2006 DISCOVERY

ANTI-MALARIA DRUG

Jay Keasling engineers the production of artemisinic acid.

Jay Keasling
2006 AWARD
Daniel E. Koshland, Jr.

E. O. Lawrence Award

A. Paul Alivisatos


Welch Award

Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. (alumnus)

2004 AWARD

FE. O. Lawrence Award

Richard Saykally

Richard Saykally
2003 AWARD

Heinz Award

Mario Molina (alumnus)

Mario Molina
2002 AWARD

Nobel Prize

Kurt Wüthrich (postdoc)

Kurt Wüthrich
2002 PROGRAM

Chemical Biology

Chemical Biology program is founded.

JBEI Switchgrass. Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt
2000 DISCOVERY

Nanoplasmonic structures

Peidong Yang

Peidong Yang
2000 AWARD

Priestley Medal

Darleane C. Hoffman

Darleane Hoffman
1999 AWARD

Nobel Prize

Ahmed Zewail (pdoc)


MacArthur Fellow

Carolyn Bertozzi

1998 AWARD
Gabor Somorjai

WOLF PRIZE

Gabor Somorjai


Kyoto Prize

Kurt Wüthrich (pdoc)

1997 BUILDING

Tan Kah Kee Hall

Named in honor of the late Tan Kah Kee (1874-1961), a pioneering industrialist and philanthropist in China and Singapore who devoted his wealth to promoting education.

1996 AWARD

Nobel Prize

Robert F. Curl, Jr. (alumnus)

1996 AWARD
Mario Molina

Nobel Prize

Mario Molina (alumnus)


MacArthur Fellow

Michael Marletta


Heinz Award

Andrew Grove (alumnus)

1994 AWARD

Wolf Prize

Peter G. Schultz

Peter G. Schultz
1993 AWARD
Robert Bergman

E. O. Lawrence Award

Robert Bergman


Wolf Prize

Ahmed Zewail (pdoc)

1991 AWARD

Wolf Prize

Alexander Pines

Alexander Pines
1991 AWARD

National Medal of Technology & Innovation

Gordon Moore (alumnus)

Gordon Moore -->
1990's discovery
A. Paul Alivisatos

Optimized dyes for DNA sequencing

Richard A. Mathies and Donald Glaser

Unnatural amino acid incorporation

Peter Schultz

Quantum dots

A. Paul Alivisatos

1989 AWARD
Thomas Cech

Nobel Prize

Thomas Cech (alumnus)

Priestley Medal

George C. Pimentel

1988 AWARD

E. O. Lawrence Award

Alexander Pines

Alexander Pines
1987 AWARD

E. O. Lawrence Award

Sung-Hou Kim

Sung-Hou Kim
1986 AWARD
Y. T. Lee

Nobel Prize

Yuan T. Lee

Welch Award

George Pimentel

E. O. Lawrence Award

C. Bradley Moore

1986 Discovery

Organometallic Chemistry

Robert Bergman helps develop field of organometallic chemistry, C-H bond activation.

Robert Bergman
1985 AWARD
William Miller

Priestley Medal

Henry Taube (alumnus)

E. O. Lawrence Award

William H. Miller

1984 AWARD
Kenneth Pitzer

E. O. Lawrence Award

Kenneth Raymond

Welch Award

Kenneth S. Pitzer

1984 AWARD

Nobel Prize

Henry Taube (alumnus)

Welch Award

Henry Taube (alumnus)

Henry Taube
1982 AWARD

Wolf Prize

George Pimentel

Ken Herr(left) and George Pimentel (right)
1981 COMPANY

CHIRON

Chiron is co-founded by Berkeley professor Edward Penhoet.

Edward Penhoet
1981 AWARD

E. O. Lawrence Award

Yuan Tseh Lee

Yuan Tseh Lee
1980's Discovery
Jean Fréchet

John Prausnitz

Molecular thermodynamics

David Graves and Dennis Hess

Establish plasma processing of materials

Jean Fréchet

Polymer formation, photolithography

C. Judson King

Separation processes

1979 AWARD

Priestley Medal

Glenn T. Seaborg

Glenn T. Seaborg
1978 AWARD

Priestley Medal

Melvin Calvin

Melvin Calvin
1978 Program

First Female Faculty Member

Judith Klinman becomes the first woman faculty member in the physical sciences at UC Berkeley.

Judith Klinman
1976 AWARD

Welch Award

Neil Bartlett

Neil Bartlett
1974 AWARD

E. O. Lawrence Award

Joseph Cerny

Joseph Cerny
1974 Discovery
William Miller

Periodic Table

Seaborgium Identified

Quantum mechanical & Semiclassical Theories

William Miller develops quantum mechanical and semiclassical theories

1973 AWARD
Nobel Prize medal

Nobel Prize

Geoffrey Wilkinson (pdoc)

Priestley Medal

Harold C. Urey (alumnus)

1972 AWARD

E. O. Lawrence Award

David Shirley. Shirley becomes director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 1980 to 1989, and spearheads the Advanced Light Source Facility.

David Shirley
1971 COMPANY

CETUS

Cetus, first biotech company, is co-founded by Berkeley professor Donald Glaser.

Donald Glaser
1970's Discovery
supersonic jet

OZONE LAYER

Harold Johnston shows that supersonic transport can deplete Earth’s ozone layer.

Electrochemical Engineering

Charles Tobias makes advances in electrochemical engineering.

1969 AWARD

Priestley Medal

Kenneth S. Pitzer

Kenneth Pitzer
1968 COMPANY

Intel

Intel Corporation is co-founded by alumni Gordon Moore and Andrew Grove.

Intel
1970's Discovery

Chemical Kinetics

Yuan Tseh Lee discovers chemical kinetics.

Yuan Tseh Lee
1967 AWARD

E. O. Lawrence Award

John Rasmussen

John Rasmussen
1966 BUILDING

Hildebrand Hall

Named in honor of Joel H. Hildebrand.

Hildebrand Hall
1962 BUILDINGS

Latimer Hall

Latimer Hall replaces Chemistry Auditorium. Latimer Hall is where Seaborg and colleages discover transuranium elements and more than 100 isotopes.

PSL Hall

(renamed Pimentel Hall in 1994)

Latimer Hall
1962 AWARD

Priestley Medal

Joel H. Hildebrand

Joel Hildebrand
1961 AWARD

E. O. Lawrence Award

Leo Brewer

Leo Brewer
1961 AWARD

Nobel Prize

Melvin Calvin

Melvin Calvin
1960 Discovery

Chemical Laser

George Pimentel

Herr and Pimentel
1960 AWARD

Nobel Prize

Willard F. Libby (alumnus)

Willard Libby
1956 Discovery

High-temperature Chemistry

Leo Brewer

Leo Brewer
1955 Discovery

Statistical Thermodynamics

Kenneth Pitzer

Kenneth Pitzer
1954 Building

Giauque Hall

Named in honor of Nobel Prize winner William F. Giauque.

William Giauque
1951 AWARD

Nobel Prize

Glenn T. Seaborg and Edwin McMillan

Nobel Prize medal
1950 Discovery

Californium

Californium, useful for medical diagnostics, is identified.

The 60-inch-diameter (1.52 m) cyclotron used to first synthesize californium.
1949 AWARD

Nobel Prize

William F. Giauque

William Giauque
1948 Building

Lewis Hall

Named in honor of G. N. Lewis.

G. N Lewis
1946 AWARD

Nobel Prize

Nobel in Chemistry is awarded to Berkeley professors John Northrop and Wendell Stanley.

Nobel Prize medal
1945 PROGRAM

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering program is founded.

Chemical Engineering student
1941 Discovery

Plutonium

Glenn Seaborg and colleagues produce plutonium using the cyclotron.

Glenn Seaborg
1940's Discovery

Calvin Cycle: Photosynthesis

Melvin Calvin discovers Calvin Cycle in photosynthesis, using carbon-14 as molecular tracer.

Melvin Calvin
1937 Discovery

Nuclear medicine

Nuclear medicine field is founded by John Lawrence, director of Donner Lab.

John Lawrence
1934 AWARD

Nobel Prize

Harold C. Urey (alumnus)

Harold Urey
1926 Discovery

Chemical thermodynamics

William Giauque develops chemical thermodynamics.

William Giauque
1924 Discovery

Deep Sea Diving

Joel Hildebrand formulates mixture of helium and oxygen for deep-sea diving.

Joel Hildebrand
1923 Discovery

Acids and bases

G. N. Lewis makes breakthroughs in acids and bases.

G. N. Lewis
1920 Discovery

Hydrogen Bonding

Wendell Latimer discovers hydrogen bonding.

Wendell Latimer
1917 Building

Gilman Hall

Named for Daniel Coit Gilman, president of the University of California from 1872 to 1875.

Gilman Hall
1916 Discovery

Chemical Bonding

G. N. Lewis discovers chemical bonding.

G. N. Lewis
1907 Discovery

Electrostatic Precipitator

Frederick Cottrell invents the electrostatic precipitator.

Frederick Cottrell
1890 Building

The Old Chemistry Building

In 1890 a handsome, dedicated brick building was constructed for the college on what is now the site of Hildebrand Hall. In time it came to be known as “The Old Chemistry Building,” and when it finally fell to the wrecker’s ball to make room for more modern facilities in 1966, its cupola was preserved.

First Chemistry Building
1872 PROGRAM

Founding of The College of Chemistry

Chemistry has been part of Berkeley since the University's founding in 1868.

Berkeley logo
1868 Program

First Chemistry Faculty Member

Chemist Robert A. Fisher hired as one of the first ten faculty in the UC system.

Robert Fischer