NYU Chemistry alumnus Philip S. Baran is the recipient of a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship. These awards, informally known as "genius" grants, are among the most prestigious honors available to those with intellectual and artistic pursuits. Each of the 24 "exceptionally creative" awardees will receive a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000, based on "a track record of achievement and potential for even more significant contributions in the future." Since the funding comes without stipulations, the recipients have maximum freedom for creativity.
Phil earned his bachelor's degree at NYU Chemistry in 1997. He conducted research in the laboratory of Professor Emeritus David Schuster, and the two remain friends and colleagues today. Phil is currently a Professor of Chemistry at Scripps Research Institute, working on environmentally friendly methods of "total synthesis." Read his profile on the MacArthur Foundation website, including a nice video, to learn more about Phil's accomplishments and his research. Hearty congratulations to Phil, and to his mentor, David Schuster!
MacArthur Fellows Profile on Phil Baran
MacArthur Foundation Press Release
Washington Square News article
New York Times, Arts Section
The Baran Labroatory at Scripps