Dale L. Boger

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Dale Lester Boger
Born (1953-08-22) August 22, 1953 (age 63)
Hutchinson, Kansas
Institutions The Scripps Research Institute
Alma mater University of Kansas, Harvard University
Doctoral advisor E. J. Corey

Dale Lester Boger is an American medicinal and organic chemist and chair of the Department of Chemistry[1] at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA.

Dale Boger was born on August 22, 1953, in Hutchinson, Kansas. He studied chemistry at the University of Kansas (B.S., 1975), Ph.D. 1980, Harvard University, under Professor E. J. Corey. Following graduate school, he joined the faculty at the University of Kansas where he became assistant/associate professor of medicinal chemistry (1979–1985).

In 1985, he started at Purdue University, where he was professor of chemistry (1985–1991). Currently, in addition to chairing the Department of Chemistry, he is Richard and Alice Cramer Professor of Chemistry and member of the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology[2] at The Scripps Research Institute.

Boger is active in the field of organic chemistry with research interests including natural product synthesis, synthetic methodology, medicinal chemistry, and combinatorial chemistry. He is also the author of a popular book on synthetic organic chemistry: Modern Organic Synthesis Lecture Notes (TSRI Press, 1999).


Dale Boger has received numerous awards and honors including:

  • NSF Predoctoral Fellowship, 1975–78
  • Searle Scholar Award, 1981–84
  • NIH Research Career Development Award, 1983–88
  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, 1985–89
  • ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, 1988
  • American Cyanamid Academic Award, 1988
  • Japan Promotion of Science Fellow, 1993
  • ISHC Katritzky Award in Heterocyclic Chemistry, 1997
  • Honorary Member, The Lund Chemical Society (Sweden), 1998
  • ACS Aldrich Award for Creativity in Organic Synthesis, 1999
  • A. R. Day Award, POCC 1999
  • Honorary Ph.D. Degree: Laurea Honors Causa, Univ. of Ferrara, 2000
  • Smissman Lecturer, Univ. of Kansas, 2000
  • Yamanouchi USA Faculty Award, 2000
  • Myron L. Bender & Muriel S. Bender Distinguished Summer Lectureship, Northwestern University, 2001
  • Paul Janssen Prize for Creativity in Organic Synthesis, 2002
  • Ross Lecturer, Dartmouth College, 2002
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2003
  • Adrien Albert Medal, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2003
  • ISI Highly Cited (top 100 chemists)
  • Alder Lecturer, University of Köln, 2005
  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2006
  • ACS Guenther Award in Natural Products, 2007 [1]
  • Editor-in-Chief, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 1990–present
  • Executive Editorial Board Member, Tetrahedron Publications, 1990–present
  • ACS Medicinal Chemistry Division
  • Long Range Planning Committee, 1981–1983
  • Awards Committee, 1984–1986
  • Councilor, 1996–1999


  1. ^ http://www.scripps.edu/research/chem/index.html
  2. ^ http://www.scripps.edu/research/skaggs/faculty.html


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