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American Chemical Society's highest honor to Peter Stang
Date:7/22/2012

SALT LAKE CITY, July 23, 2012 Only months after collecting a National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama, University of Utah organic chemist Peter J. Stang has won the highest honor from the world's largest scientific group: the 2013 Priestley Medal from the American Chemical Society.

The medal basically a lifetime achievement award for chemists "recognizes Stang's cutting-edge research that has had far-reaching implications for many areas of science, including drug development and more efficient ways to produce gasoline and home heating oil," the 164,000-member society said in announcing the honor.

"I am truly delighted and honored to receive this most prestigious American Chemical Society Award," says Stang, 70, a distinguished professor of chemistry whose family fled Hungary when he was a teenager after the Communist takeover in 1956. "It is humbling to be listed among the distinguished previous recipients."

"Of course, much of the credit belongs to my able and dedicated undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral co-workers, who actually carried out the experimental work over my 43-year career at Utah," he adds. "This award also indicates that it is possible to do cutting-edge, world-class research at the University of Utah."

The gold Priestley Medal first bestowed in 1922 is named for chemist and theologian Joseph Priestley (1733-1804), whose discovery of oxygen in 1774 explained why and how things burn, and that air was made of a mixture of gases. Priestley also invented carbonated water and the rubber eraser. His unorthodox religious writings and support for the American and French revolutions forced him to flee England for Pennsylvania in 1794.

Stang has served as editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society since 2002. He and a staff of seven process more than 12,000 research manuscripts a year.

Last year, President Obama honored Stang at the White House along with o
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Contact: Lee Siegel
lee.siegel@utah.edu
801-581-8993
University of Utah
Source:Eurekalert  

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