Frances H. Arnold

Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry; Director, Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center

Mail Code: MC 210-41
Office: 228B Spalding Laboratory
Phone: 626-395-4162
Email: frances@​
B.S., Princeton University, 1979; Ph.D., University of California, 1985; D.h.c., Stockholm University. Visiting Associate, Caltech, 1986; Assistant Professor, 1987-92; Associate Professor, 1992-96; Professor, 1996-99; Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry, 1999-2000. Dickinson Professor, 2000-17; Pauling Professor, 2017-; Director, Rosen Bioengineering Center, 2013-.

Selected Awards

Honorary Doctorate, University of Chicago (2016); Millennium Technology Prize (2016); Honorary Doctor, ETH Zurich (2015); Elmer Gaden Award, Biotechnology & Bioengineering (2015); U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame (2014); Golden Plate Award, Academy of Achievement (2014); Fellow, National Academy of Inventors (2014); ENI Prize in Renewable and Nonconventional Energy (2013); E. Merck Lectures in Chemistry (2013); National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2011); Charles Stark Draper Prize (2011); American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2011); Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2010); Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology (2009); Steenbock Lectures, U. Wisconsin (2008);National Academy of Sciences (2008); Linnaeus Lecturer, Uppsala University (2008);Cruickshank Lecturer, Gordon Research Conferences (2008);Enzyme Engineering Award (2007); FASEB Excellence in Science Award (2007); Lewis Lectures, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2006); Walker Lectures, Pennsylvania State University (2006); Kelly Lectures, Purdue University (2006); Food, Pharmaceuticals, and Bioengineering Division Award, AIChE (2005); Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal, ACS (2005); Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (2004); Rosalind Franklin Lecturer, Cambridge University (2004); Carothers Award of the ACS Delaware Division (2003); David Perlman Lecture Award, ACS, Biochemical Technology (2003); Lindsay Distinguished Lecturer, Texas A&M, Chemical Engineering (2003); Merck-Frosst Lecturer, Biochemistry, University of Alberta (2003); Sir Robert Price Lecturer, CSIRO, Melbourne (2003); Fellow, AIMBE (2001); National Academy of Engineering (2000); Professional Progress Award of the AIChE (2000)