Benjamin List was born in 1968 in Frankfurt, Germany. He
graduated from Freie University Berlin (1993) and received his Ph.D. (1997)
from the University of Frankfurt (Mulzer). After postdoctoral studies
(1997-1998) as a Feodor Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
at The Scripps Research Institute (Lerner), he became an Assistant Professor
there in January 1999.
Subsequently he developed the first proline-catalyzed
asymmetric intermolecular aldol-, Mannich-, Michael and α-amination reactions.
He moved to the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in 2003 and is
currently a director and a honorary professor at the University of Cologne. His
research interests are new catalysis concepts, bioorganic chemistry and natural