Peter John Stang: designing small organic molecules

Peter John Stang was born on 17 November 1941, in Nuremberg, Germany. He is a German American chemist. Peter works as a distinguished professor of chemistry at the University of Utah.

Peter highlights the designing and synthesizing, small organic molecules which can later assemble by itself into larger geometric shapes. It can get used in Nanodevices, shape-selective catalysts, and molecular agents for separation by chelation and chromatography.  

Since childhood, Peter’s interest was in science and mathematics courses. Using the ingredients at home from the drugstore, he made black gunpowder. Also, he created a Ph indicator with the help of the juice of red cabbage. Later he sold them to his “fellow chemists”.

Peter John Stang

Peter John Stang


Peter’s family shifted to Chicago, Illinois, when he was in the middle of his sophomore year in high school. But as he didn’t know English, he failed in English and American history.

However, he topped his class in science and math. Thus, because of the confusion of teachers, they even took an IQ test. He scored 78. DePaul University gave Peter an undergraduate degree in 1963. In 1996, he gained a Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Being an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University with Paul Schleyer, he spends a year. Later in 1969, he acted as his chemistry faculty at the University of Utah.

In 1997, Peter got appointed to the College of Science. However, during this period, peter constructed the John E. and Marva M. Warnock Endowed Chair in Mathematics. 

Prof. Peter Stang Technion Honorary Doctorate Recipient

Awards and Recognition

Peter received many awards and recognition because of his works. In 2020 he gained the American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal. American Chemical Society awarded him, Priestley Medal, in 2013.

In 2010, he gained the Paul G. Gassman Distinguished Service Award of the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry.  In the same year, Peter also achieved the F.A. Cotton Medal for Excellence in Chemical Research of the American Chemical Society.

He also received many memberships along with his career. Some of them are the membership of the National Academy of Sciences. Also, the membership of the AAAS Board of Directors from 2003 to 2007.

President Obama named professor Stang as a receiver of the National Medal of Science. This is the highest honour given by the U.S. Government to a scientist or engineer. 

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