MIT's pioneering bio-inorganic chemist, Stephen Lippard, is the winner of what some pundits refer to as the chemists-only Nobel prize for 2014. Lippard (72) is recognized for mentoring legions of scientists in the course of furthering the basic science of inorganic chemistry and paving the way for improvements in human health, according to the American Chemical Society, which endows the medal. Lippard refers to himself as a professional student rather than seeing the title Professor as being a one-way status. It’s an honor to join the very distinguished list of Priestley Medal recipients, he told the ACS's Chemical & Engineering News magazine. It also makes me very proud of my postdocs, graduate students, and collaborators, without whose work none of this would have happened.