Yale’s Miller honored for exemplary teaching and research in chemistry

Scott Miller was honored for contributions to the discovery of chemical transformations that lead to the rapid synthesis of stereochemically complex structures.
Scott Miller
Scott Miller (Photo by Mara Lavitt)

The Maryland Section of the American Chemical Society has presented Yale chemist Scott Miller with its 2022 Ira Remsen Award, which recognizes scholars and scientists meeting the highest standards in teaching and research in chemistry.

Miller, the Irénée du Pont Professor of Chemistry in Yale’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, was honored for his “wide-ranging and seminal contributions to the discovery of new chemical transformations that enable the rapid synthesis of stereochemically complex structures.”

As part of the award, Miller delivered the 76th Remsen Memorial Lecture Oct. 5 at the Remsen Building at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

I feel truly honored to represent my students’ work at something like this,” Miller said. “The list of former awardees is incredibly inspiring to me and includes so many of my scientific role models.”

A Yale faculty member since 2006, Miller’s work has focused on using innovative methods and technologies to look at the catalytic modification of natural products. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His many honors include the Max Tishler Prize, the Yoshimasa Hirata Memorial Gold Medal, a National Institutes of Health MERIT award, a National Science Foundation Career award, and several awards from the American Chemical Society.

The Remsen Award, established in 1946, is named for Ira Remsen, former president of Johns Hopkins University and first chair of its chemistry department.

Previous winners with Yale connections include Sterling Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and professor of physics and applied physics John C. Tully, former Sterling Professor of Chemistry Samuel Danishefsky, and former Yale Corporation trustee Peter Dervan ’72 Ph.D.

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