Madeleine M. Joullie
University of Pennsylvania
Madeleine M. Joullie was born in Paris, France, but grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She came to the United States to study chemistry and obtained a B.S. degree in chemistry from Simmons College in Boston. She went to the University of Pennsylvania, earning an M.S. in 1950 and a Ph.D. in 1953, under the guidance of Professor Allan R. Day. Madeleine Joullie then joined the faculty at Penn, where she was one of the first woman professors to earn tenure in chemistry in the Ivy League. Her research interests are in the areas of heterocyclic, medicinal, and natural products chemistry. Her laboratory has focused on the chemistry of the cyclopeptide alkaloid 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. Professor Joullie has held several visiting professorships and been recognized by many awards. She is currently the Class of 1970 Term Chair Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, and continues her teaching and research efforts.