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June 13, 2007
J. F. Stoddart Receives Knighthood: "Arise Sir Fraser"
J. Fraser Stoddart (University of California, Los Angeles) has received the traditional accolade from Her Majesty The Queen on Wednesday, June 13th, in Buckingham Palace, London (see picture). Here's a recollection of the ceremony in Sir Fraser's own words:
Lord Chamberlain: "May I present to Your Majesty, Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart, for Services to Chemistry and Nanotology"
Her Majesty: "He got that wrong, didn't he?"
Sir Fraser: "He certainly did, Your Majesty."
Her Majesty: "What should it be then, nanotechnology?"
Sir Fraser: "You've got it right, Ma'am"
Her Majesty: "It's about very small things, isn't it?
Sir Fraser: "Indeed, it's about tiny things that are 100,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair, Ma'am"
Her Majesty: "That's exceedingly small. You work in America now, I'm told."
Sir Fraser: "That's so, Ma'am"
At this point, she extends her right hand, and I mine for she leaves me with no choice. A strong handshake is followed by a big approving smile from Her Majesty, and I am on my merry way.
Congratulations, Sir Fraser!