Marye Anne Fox, Ferst Award Biography

1996 Monie A. Ferst Award


Marye Anne Fox is chancellor emerita at the University of California San Diego. During her tenure, the university established new research and partnership ventures to further innovation and increase international collaboration, She achieved an ambitious $1 billion campaign goal and expanded academic programs and campus facilities. 

Fox previously served as North Carolina State University's 12th chancellor and as distinguished university professor of chemistry from 1998 to 2004. 

Fox received a B.S. from Notre Dame College and a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College, both in chemistry She has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and to fellowships both in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association of Advancement of Science. 

In October 2010, President Barack Obama named Fox to receive the National Medal of Science, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers and inventors. She has received honorary degrees from 12 institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Fox served as the 2001–2002 president of Sigma Xi.

In 2012, she received Sigma Xi's John P. McGovern Science and Society Award

Photo courtesy of UC San Diego Publications. Photograph by Jim Coit.