Carnegie Mellon University

The 2017 Dickson Prize Recipient

Chad A. MirkinProfessor Chad A. Mirkin

The 2017 recipient of the Dickson Prize in Science is Chad A. Mirkin, director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology and the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University.

Mirkin has been a faculty member at Northwestern since 1991. A chemist and world-renowned nanoscience expert, he is known for the discovery and development of spherical nucleic acids (SNAs), the invention of Dip-Pen Nanolithography (DPN) and contributions to supramolecular chemistry and nanoparticle synthesis.

Mirkin earned a bachelor of science degree at Dickinson College and a Ph.D. in chemistry at Pennsylvania State University. He was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT prior to becoming a professor at Northwestern University. 

He has received more than 100 national and international awards, including the 2016 Dan David Prize and the inaugural Sackler Prize in Convergence Research. He served as a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology during the Obama administration, and he is one of very few scientists to be elected to all three U.S. National Academies. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors, among others.

Mirkin has authored more than 670 manuscripts and more than 1,000 patent applications worldwide, and he has founded multiple companies, including Nanosphere, AuraSense and Exicure, which are commercializing nanotechnology applications in the life sciences and biomedicine.