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Stephen J. Benkovic
Stephen J. Benkovic is the Evan Pugh Professor and Eberly Chair in Chemistry at Pennsylvania State University. He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry and A.B. degree in English Literature from Lehigh University; and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Cornell University. After a period as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he joined the Chemistry Department at Penn State University in 1965 and became a Full Professor of Chemistry in 1970, followed by recognitions as an Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry in 1977 and the holder of the Eberly Chair in Chemistry in 1988.
His work has been recognized by numerous awards including the National Academy of Science Award in Chemical Sciences (2011), the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science (2009), and the National Medal of Science, presented by President Obama in 2009. He has also been elected to memberships in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.
Professor Benkovic is best known for his major contributions to our understanding of enzyme activity and the role of multi-enzyme complexes in cells. He was Founder and Head of the Scientific Advisory Board for Anacor Pharmaceuticals. and Founder and a member of the scientific advisory board of Boragen.