Frances Arnold, PhD
Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, and Biochemistry at California Institute of Technology
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Frances Arnold, PhD, is a biochemical engineer who pioneered how to harness evolution to create proteins, for which she received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2018), becoming the first American woman to do so.
- First woman to win the Millennium Technology Prize (2016) and the Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering (2011).
- National Medal of Technology and Innovation and National Inventors Hall of Fame.
- Holds more than 60 U.S. patents.
- Co-founder of three companies in sustainable fuels, chemistry, and agriculture.
- Member of U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Foreign member of U.K. Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering.