Jacqueline K. Barton

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Jacqueline K. Barton, John G. Kirkwood and Arthur A. Noyes Professor of Chemistry and Norman Davidson Leadership Chair of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Barton is the John G. Kirkwood and Arthur A. Noyes Professor of Chemistry and Norman Davidson Leadership Chair of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1989. Barton began her term as chair of the Division in 2009, and held the Arthur and Marian Hanisch Memorial Professorship from 1997 to 2016. Prior to joining Caltech, Barton was Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Hunter College, City University of New York; Assistant, then Associate, and then Professor of Chemistry and Biological Sciences at Columbia University.


Barton is the recipient of the 2010 National Medal of Science, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists, for her discovery of new chemistry of the DNA helix, and the 2015 Priestley Medal, which is the highest honor bestowed by the American Chemical Society. She has been named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow (1991), and member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1991), American Philosophical Society (2000), National Academy of Sciences (2002), National Academy of Medicine (2012), and Royal Society of Chemistry (2014). She has received numerous awards including the NSF Waterman Award (1985), the Gibbs Medal (2006), a gold medal from the American Institute of Chemists (2015) and the Centenary Prize (2018). Barton received the 2010 National Medal of Science from President Obama. In 2006, Barton was named an Outstanding Director by the Outstanding Director Exchange (ODX), and in 2013, she received the Director of the Year Award from the Forum for Corporate Directors.

Barton possesses strong leadership, research and teaching experience, as well as extensive knowledge in the chemicals industry to support the Company’s research and innovation focus. Demonstrated by her nationally recognized leadership in the medical and chemical fields as well as active involvement with major science and technology organizations, Barton has developed broad science expertise which has equipped her to advise the Board. Furthermore, Barton has received numerous awards and honors for her research as noted above and has been a notable contributor to the chemical community.

Barton also serves on the Gilead Sciences, Inc. Board of Directors (since February 2018). Barton served on the DowDuPont Inc. Board of Directors from July 2018 to April 2019, the DowDuPont Materials Advisory Committee from September 2017 to April 2019, and The Dow Chemical Company Board of Directors from 1993 to August 2017.