Scripps Research professor K. Barry Sharpless was awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his groundbreaking research in developing “click chemistry,” an ingenious method for building molecules. The W.M. Keck Professor of Chemistry also shared the 2001 Nobel Prize for his work on chirally catalyzed oxidation reactions, making him the second scientist ever to win two Nobel Prizes in Chemistry. Champagne toasts and an institute-wide celebration led to the Nobel awards ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. 

A ceremony abroad

Professor K. Barry Sharpless receives the 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden during the awards ceremony at Stockholm Concert Hall on Dec. 10, 2022, in Stockholm, Sweden. 

Bubbly in the building

Faculty, postdocs and staff toasted Sharpless just hours after the announcement of his second Nobel win on Oct. 5. 

Courtyard celebration

The institute came out in droves to the Hazen Courtyard to congratulate Sharpless, get a selfie with him (including Scripps Research neuroscientist Ardem Patapoutian, who won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine), and hear him talk about the importance of tenacity in research.