Merck Awards Frances Arnold 2013 Lectureship

Caltech chemical engineering professor Frances Arnold has been awarded the Emanuel Merck Lectureship. Arnold, 57, is regarded globally as an authority in the field of directed evolution.

The prize, which is worth approximately US$13,000, will be presented to Arnold on May 27 at the TU Darmstadt. Arnold will present a lecture at 5 p.m. in the Kekulé Hall of the Chemistry Department entitled “Design by Evolution:" Rewriting the Code of Life.” Arnold will hold additional lectures at the TU Darmstadt and Merck May 28 and May 29.

Arnold graduated from Princeton University, New Jersey with a bachelor of science in 1979 and received a Ph.D in chemical engineering from the University of California Berkley in 1985. She has been teaching at Caltech since 1986.

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