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Jean M. J. Fréchet King Salman presents 2019 King Faisal Prize in Science to KAUST Professor Jean M. J. Fréchet

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman presented the 2019 King Faisal Prize in Science in the field of Chemistry to Professor Jean M. J. Fréchet, vice president emeritus and former senior vice president for Research, Innovation and Economic Development at KAUST, in a ceremony in Riyadh on March 24.

back the past—the time when I did the research which is honored by this prize. I am confident that KAUST will prove to be an enormous asset for the Kingdom, rekindling the tradition of scientific excellence within Islamic lands and contributing to economic development and diversification of this great Kingdom.”

The prize recognizes Fréchet’s pioneering work and seminal contributions to chemical science, such as the convergent synthesis of dendrimers and their applications, chemically amplified photoresists and organic photovoltaics.

The King Faisal Prize, launched by the King Faisal Foundation and first granted in 1979, recognizes the outstanding work of individuals and institutions in five categories: service to Islam; Islamic studies; Arabic language and literature; medicine; and science. Twenty-one of its laureates have gone on to receive Nobel Prizes.

“This is a very special event to me— to be recognized in the Kingdom is something amazing,” Fréchet said. “It is a special pleasure because I have had so many good years at KAUST and it of course brings

During his career, Fréchet contributed to the fields of biotherapeutics, organic

electronics, materials, catalysis, surface chemistry and separation science. He also co-founded several startups and worked with venture capital firms to fund science-based companies. While at KAUST, Fréchet aligned KAUST research to address the needs and potential of Saudi Arabia. He also advocated for developing Saudi youth and empowering female scientists and academic leaders. Fréchet retired from KAUST in January 2019, but he remains active in the Kingdom as a member of the advisory board of NEOM, Saudi Arabia’s gigaproject to build a sustainable city. The award is shared with the American chemist Allen Joseph Bard from The University of Texas at Austin. By KAUST News


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