Dale Boger, PhD

Scripps Research professor and chemist Dale Boger, PhD, has been named the 2020 winner of the prestigious Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry. 

Established in 1980 by Elsevier, which publishes the Tetrahedron journal series, the Tetrahedron Prize is presented annually to a chemist who has made significant original contributions to the fields of organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry or chemical biology. 

Boger is internationally recognized for his work in organic synthesis, medicinal chemistry and natural products total synthesis and the biological evaluation of the molecules. He has made seminal contributions to the understanding of DNA-drug interactions and to unraveling the molecular details of the mechanisms of action of naturally-occurring antitumor drugs, as well as to the discovery of new biological targets for potential therapies. 

Past recipients of this award include Scripps Research President and CEO Peter Schultz, PhD, who was named last year’s winner (2019).