Previous Nelson J. Leonard Lecturers

1987 James P. Collman
Stanford University

1988 Sir Derek H. R. Barton
Texas A&M University

1989 Christopher T. Walsh
Harvard Medical School

1990 Donald J. Cram
University of California, Los Angeles

1991 Richard R. Ernst
Eidgenoessische Technishe Hochschule, Zürich

1992 Thomas A. Steitz
Yale University

1993 K. Barry
Sharpless Scripps Research Institute

1994 Rudolph A. Marcus
California Institute of Technology

1995 Phillip A. Sharp
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1996 Martin Rodbell
National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences

1997

  • John D. Roberts
    California Institute of Technology  
  • Sidney M. Hecht
    University of Virginia  
  • Peter G. Schultz
    University of California, Berkeley  
  • Albert Eschenmoser
    Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule, Zürich

1998 F. Sherwood Rowland
University of California, Irvine

1999 Jean-Michel Savéant
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

2000 David A. Tirrell
California Institute of Technology

2001 Alastair Ian Scott
Texas A&M University

2002 Amos B. Smith III
University of Pennsylvania

2003 Lawrence J. Marnett
Vanderbilt University

2004 Robert S. Langer
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2005 Thomas R. Cech
Howard Hughes Medical Institute 
University of Colorado at Boulder

2006 Joseph M. DeSimone
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
North Carolina State University

2007 Rolf Thauer
Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology

2008 Roger Y. Tsien
University of California, San Diego

2011 Ada E. Yonath
Weizmann Institute of Science - Rehovot, Israel

2012 Steven J. Benkovic
The Pennsylvania State University

2013 Jeffrey A. Hubbell 
Director of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering of the ETH
The University of Zurich Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Materials Science of the ETH École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

2014 Steven Chu
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Physics and Molecular & Cellular Physiology
Stanford University
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