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Duilio Arigoni

Duilio Arigoni

Professor Duilio Arigoni ForMemRS

Foreign Member

Elected: 1991


Duilio Arigoni is a chemist who studies the mechanisms that underlie enzyme-mediated reactions and biosynthesis. His experiments have elucidated the processes behind the natural synthesis of a variety of compounds, including alkaloids, corrins, steroids and terpenes.

His research highlights include helping to establish the validity of the biogenetic isoprene rule through his work on mevalonate production, as well as shedding light on the synthesis of the vitamin B12 and its role in enzymatic reactions.

Duilio has received numerous accolades in recognition of his work, including the Arthur C. Cope Award of the American Chemical Society in 1986 and the Wolf Prize in Chemistry in 1989. In addition to being a Foreign Member of the Royal Society, he is also a member of a number of other prestigious scientific organisations, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Academia Europaea and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Professor Duilio Arigoni ForMemRS died on 10 June 2020.

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Chemistry
    • Chemistry, organic


Structure and biosynthesis of natural products


  • Davy Medal

    In recognition of his distinguished creativity in the fields of biosynthesis and bioorganic stereochemistry.

  • Wolf Prize

    In the field of chemistry for their fundamental contributions to the elucidation of the mechanism of enzymic reactions and of the biosynthesis of natural products, in particular the pigments of life.

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