Elias James Corey

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Elias James Corey (Arabic: الياس كوري; born July 12, 1928, Methuen, MA, USA) is a chemist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1990 "for his development of the theory and methodology of organic synthesis."[1] He is the recipient of about 70 awards and honorary degrees, including the U.S National Medal of Science, the Japan Prize in Science, and the Priestley Medal of the American Chemical Society. Corey is the author of more than 1000 scientific publications and is one of the most cited authors in science. He is the Sheldon Emory Professor Emeritus at Harvard University.[2]


  • Priestley Medal, American Chemical Society, 2004
  • Gold Medal Award, Scientific Partnership Foundation, Moscow, 2003
  • Award in Chemical Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, 2002
  • Most Cited Author in Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 2002
  • Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity, Hall of Fame, Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity, 1998
  • Messel Medalist, Society of Chemical Industry, U.K., 1994
  • Roger Adams Award, American Chemical Society, 1993
  • Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Nobel Foundation, 1990
  • Janot Medal, University of Paris, 1990
  • Order of the Rising sun, Gold and Silver Star, Government of Japan, 1989
  • Gold Medal Award, American Institute of Chemistry, 1989
  • Japan Prize in Science, Science and Technology Foundation of Japan, 1989
  • Robert Robinson Medal, Royal Society of Chemistry, 1988
  • National Medal of Science, President of the United States, 1988
  • Silliman Award, Yale University, 1986
  • Wolf Prize in Chemistry, Wolf Foundation, 1986
  • V.D. Mattia Award, Roche Institute of Molecular Biology, 1985
  • Madison Marshall Award, Alabama Section, ACS, 1985
  • Paracelsus Award, Swiss Chemical Society, 1984
  • Willard Gibbs Award, Chicago Section, ACS, 1984
  • Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry, Elsevier, 1983
  • Medal of Excellence, University of Helsinki, 1982
  • Paul Karrer Award, University of Zurich, 1982
  • Chemical Pioneer Award, American Institute of Chemists, 1981
  • Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research, Brandeis University, 1981
  • J.G. Kirkwood Award, Yale University, 1980
  • The Franklin Medal, The Franklin Institute, 1979
  • Buchman Memorial Award, California Institute of Technology, 1978
  • Nichols Medal, New York Section, ACS, 1977
  • Arthurs C. Cope Award, American Chemical Society, 1976
  • The Remsen Award, Maryland Section, ACS, 1974
  • The George Ledlie Prize in Science, Harvard University, 1973
  • The Disckson Prize in Science, Carnegie Mellon University, 1973
  • Linus Pauling Award, Puget Sound and Washington Sections, ACS, 1973
  • Ciba Foundation Medal, Ciba Foundation, 1972
  • Centenary Medal, Chemical Society of London, 1971
  • Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 1971
  • Harrison Howe Award, Rochester Section, ACS, 1970
  • Fritzsche Award, American Chemical Society, 1967
  • Intra-Science Foundation Award, Intra-Science Foundation, 1967
  • Chevreul Medal, Chemical Society of France, 1964
  • Award in Pure Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 1960


  1. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1990 Accessed November 24, 2013.
  2. E. J. Corey Harvard University. Accessed November 24, 2013.

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