Gilbert Stork

Gilbert Stork
Born (1921-12-31) December 31, 1921
Brussels, Belgium
Nationality Belgian, American
Institutions Harvard University
Columbia University
Alma mater University of Florida B.S. 1942
University of Wisconsin–Madison Ph.D 1945
Doctoral students John E. McMurry
Notable awards NAS Award in Chemical Sciences (1982)
National Medal of Science (1982)
Wolf Prize (1996)
The Ryoji Noyori Prize (2003)

Gilbert Stork (born December 31, 1921, Brussels, Belgium)[1] is a U.S. organic chemist. He is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Columbia University.[2] The Stork enamine alkylation is named in his honor.[2]:111[3]


University of Florida, B.S. 1942; University of Wisconsin–Madison, PhD 1945 with Samuel M. McElvain.[4]


Elected to

Awarded Honorary Fellowship or Membership


Professor Stork has received a number of awards and honors including the following:[7]

Prof. Stork also holds honorary doctorates from Lawrence University, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the University of Paris, the University of Rochester, and Columbia University.[10][11]

The inaugural Gilbert Stork Lecture was held in his honor in 2014 at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison.[2][12] Gilbert Stork named lecture series are also held at other institutions, including Columbia University[13] and the University of Pennsylvania, as a result of his endowments.[14]

He has been fêted for his sense of humor and colorful personality by historian of chemistry Jeffrey I. Seeman who published a collection of "Storkisms".[15]


  1. "C&EN's Top 75". Chemical and Engineering News. January 12, 1998. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 Hargittai, István; Hargittai, Magdolna (2003). More conversations with famous chemists ([Verschiedene Aufl.] ed.). London: Imperial College Press. pp. 109–119. ISBN 978-1-86094-336-2. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  3. Stork, Gilbert; Terrell, Ross; Szmuszkovicz, Jacob (April 1954). "A NEW SYNTHESIS OF 2-ALKYL AND 2-ACYL KETONES". Journal of the American Chemical Society. 76 (7): 2029–2030. doi:10.1021/ja01636a103. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  4. "UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 2/17/2014 Mon,". University of Wisconsin. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  5. Hoffman, Frances (1982). "Gilbert Stork: A Celebration of 35 Years In Research & Teaching". Aldrichimica Acta. 15: 1–10.
  6. "Faculty Named to Learned Society". Columbia University Record. 20 (29). May 17, 1995. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  7. 1 2 3 4 5 "Emeritus Professor Gilbert Stork (Columbia University) was awarded an honorary member from the Chemical Society of Japan.". Chemical Society of Japan. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  8. "Gilbert Stork". The Royal Society. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  9. Stork, Gilbert (December 2011). "Chemical reminiscences" (PDF). Tetrahedron. 67 (51): 9754–9764. doi:10.1016/j.tet.2011.10.007. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  10. 1 2 Morris, Colin (January 10, 2005). "Chemistry Department Continues Award-Winning Legacy". Columbia News. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  11. Richardson, Lynda (May 20, 1993). "COMMENCEMENTS; Columbia Chief Stresses Role of Teacher". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  12. "Seminars". UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter. October 27, 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  13. "Named Lecture The Gilbert Stork Lecture". Columbia University. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  14. "Gilbert Stork Lecture". University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  15. Halford, Bethany. "Gilbert Stork on How Not to Dispose of a Steak". The Safety Zone. Retrieved March 6, 2012.
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