W. M. Keck Professor of Chemistry Barry Sharpless wins second Nobel Prize

Congratulations to Scripps Research’s K. Barry Sharpless, PhD who was awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry!

Dr. Sharpless won the prize for developing “click chemistry”.  The “click” refers to LEGO™-like construction of molecules using efficient chemical reactions.  This technique has transformed how scientists approach drug discovery, bioimaging, and materials science.

In 1989, the W. M. Keck Foundation contributed $2.9 million to key research at what was then the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation by constructing a state of the art laboratory for Dr. Sharpless.

Dr. Sharpless also shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on chirally catalyzed oxidation reactions.

The W. M. Keck Foundation is proud to have provided early funding to awardees of nine Nobel Prizes.