Madeleine M. Joullié slated to receive honorary degree

Madeleine M. Joullié, PhD, Class of 1970 Term Chair Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, will be awarded an honorary degree from Temple University at the in-person graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 on May 6.

Dr.  Joullié was born in Paris, grew up in Rio de Janeiro and came to the United States to earn a bachelor’s in chemistry from Simmons College in Boston. She went on to the University of Pennsylvania, earning a chemistry PhD in 1953. Dr. Joullié then joined the faculty at Penn, where she was one of the first female professors to earn tenure in chemistry at an Ivy League school. Her research interests are in the areas of heterocyclic, medicinal and natural products chemistry. Her laboratory has focused on the chemistry of the cyclopeptide alkaloids and didemnin families of natural products, as well as the development of compounds for the visualization of latent fingerprints as a forensic tool in law enforcement.  

Dr. Joullié has held several visiting professorships and earned a number of prestigious awards, including the 2015 John Scott Award and the 2016 George Washington Carver Award. She currently serves on the College of Science and Technology’s Board of Visitors.