LA JOLLA - Scripps Institute chemist Phil S. Baran has been named one of this year's MacArthur fellowship recipients.
These popularly named "genius grants" were awarded to 24 individuals this year who have excelled in science, academia, art and numerous other fields. Each recipient will be awarded $625,000 over the next five years to spend however they see fit.
Winning the fellowship means much more than a paycheck, though. The announcement brings widespread publicity to the recipients and their work. For Phil Baran, this means more recognition for his already-renowned work in organic chemistry. Baran's research has had a major impact on the drug development field, which has benefited greatly from his discoveries. His contributions have helped scientists create more effective drugs in a safer, more efficient manner.
With the MacArthur award, Baran can continue to grow his operation and make new discoveries. His achievements put a global spotlight on not only his lab, but on the Scripps Institute and San Diego as a whole.