Brian M. Stoltz
Professor of Chemistry
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125
Professor Stoltz was born in Philadelphia, PA on November 12, 1970 and obtained his B.S. degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA in 1993. He then moved on to Yale University (1993-1997) where he earned his Ph. D. under the direction of Professor John L. Wood in the area of indolocarbazole total synthesis. Stoltz was an NIH postdoctoral fellow in the laboratories of Professor E. J. Corey at Harvard University (1998-2000) where he developed the first total synthesis of a number of nicandrenones. Stoltz has been a member of the faculty at Caltech since the summer of 2000, where he currently is Professor of Chemistry. Professor Stoltz is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty and Teacher-Scholar Awards, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Research Corporation Research Innovation and Cottrell Scholars Awards, an A. P. Sloan Research Fellowship, an Arthur C. Cope Scholar and the E. J. Corey Awards from the American Chemical Society, and has received the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE) from the White House. In 2006, he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and from 2008–2012 was a KAUST GRP Investigator. Additionally, Professor Stoltz was recognized by the Caltech Graduate Student Council with both a Classroom Teaching Award and a Mentoring Award in 2001 and by the Associated Students of the California Institute of Technology for their 30th Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006. Stoltz was awarded the 2009 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences for Chemistry related to the Total Synthesis of Biologically Active Natural Products from Tel Aviv University and the Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award in Organic Chemistry for 2010. Recently, he was named the 2015 recipient of the Mukaiyama Award by the Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan for the discovery and development of new reactions and processes for the synthesis of complex natural products and non-naturally occurring bioactive structures.