Benjamin List, (born January 11, 1968, Frankfurt am Main) a German chemist who was awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on asymmetric organocatalysis. He shared the prize with British chemist David MacMillan. List received a degree in chemistry from the Free University of Berlin in 1993 and a doctorate in the same subject from the Goethe University of Frankfurt in 1997. That year he started a postdoctoral fellowship at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. He became an assistant professor there in 1998 and returned to Germany in 2003 to become a research group leader at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr, and in 2005 he became director at the institute.