List of chemistry awards

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This list of chemistry awards is an index to articles about notable awards for chemistry. It includes awards by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Chemical Society, the Society of Chemical Industry and awards by other organizations.


Awards of the Royal Society of Chemistry

The Royal Society of the United Kingdom offers a number of awards for chemistry.

Applied Catalysis Award Creativity and excellence in novel approaches or use of catalysis in industry
Applied Inorganic Chemistry Award Outstanding contributions to the development of any branch of inorganic chemistry which has an application in industry
Bader Award Prize for organic chemistry
Beilby Medal and Prize Work that has exceptional practical significance in chemical engineering, applied materials science, energy efficiency or a related field. Jointly administered by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society of Chemical Industry, who make the award in rotation.
Bioinorganic Chemistry Award Outstanding research in any aspect of bioinorganic chemistry
Bourke Award Enables experts in physical chemistry or chemical physics to present their work in the UK.
Centenary Prize Outstanding chemists, who are also exceptional communicators, from overseas
Charles Rees Award Excellence in the field of heterocyclic chemistry
Chartered Chemist Profession qualification for an experienced practising chemist
Corday–Morgan Prize Meritorious contributions to experimental chemistry, including computer simulation
De Gennes Prize Outstanding and exceptional work in the field of materials chemistry
Edward Harrison Memorial Prize British chemist who was under 32 years, and working the fields of theoretical or physical chemistry. In 2008 the prize was joined with the Meldola Medal and Prize to form the Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prizes.
Faraday Lectureship Prize Exceptional contributions to physical or theoretical chemistry
Faraday Medal (electrochemistry) Distinguished mid-career electrochemists working outside of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland
Geoffrey Barker Medal Scientists working in the UK or Ireland in recognition of their contributions to electrochemistry
Gibson-Fawcett Award Outstanding work in the field of materials chemistry
Green Chemistry Award Advances in environmentally focused chemistry
Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prizes Scientist who demonstrates the most meritorious and promising original investigations in chemistry and published results of those investigations
Hickinbottom Award Contributions in the area of organic chemistry from researchers under the age of 35
Interdisciplinary Prizes Work at the interface between chemistry and other disciplines
John B. Goodenough Award Contributions to the field of materials chemistry
Liversidge Award Outstanding contributions to physical chemistry
Longstaff Prize Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry who has done the most to advance the science of chemistry
Lord Lewis Prize Distinctive and distinguished chemical or scientific achievements together with significant contributions to the development of science policy
Ludwig Mond Award Outstanding research in any aspect of inorganic chemistry
Marlow Award Early-career award in physical chemistry
Materials for Industry - Derek Birchall Award Exceptional contribution to the application of materials chemistry in industry
Meldola Medal and Prize British chemist who was under 32 years of age for promising original investigations in chemistry (which had been published). In 2008 the prize was joined with the Edward Harrison Memorial Prize to form the Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prizes.
Nyholm Prize for Education Outstanding achievements by those working in chemical science education, specifically major contributions to national or international research or innovation
Perkin Prize for Organic Chemistry Sustained originality and achievement in research in any area of organic chemistry
Polanyi Medal Outstanding contributions to the field of gas kinetics
Robert Boyle Prize for Analytical Science Analytical chemistry
Sir George Stokes Award Outstanding and sustained contributions to analytical science by someone working in a complementary field, which has led to developments of seminal importance to chemical analysis
Supramolecular Chemistry Award Studies leading to the design of functionally useful supramolecular species
Tilden Prize Advances in chemistry

Awards of the American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society of the United States offers a number of awards related to chemistry.

ACS Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences Significant accomplishments by individuals in stimulating students, underrepresented in the profession, to elect careers in the chemical sciences and engineering
ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences Significant accomplishments by individuals who have stimulated or fostered the interest of women in chemistry, promoting their professional development as chemists or chemical engineers
ACS Award in Pure Chemistry Fundamental research in pure chemistry carried out in North America by young men and women
Arthur C. Cope Award Achievement in the field of organic chemistry research
Charles Goodyear Medal Outstanding invention, innovation, or development which has resulted in a significant change or contribution to the nature of the rubber industry
Charles Lathrop Parsons Award Outstanding public service by a member of the American Chemical Society
E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy Outstanding accomplishments in fundamental or applied spectroscopy in chemistry
E. V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Outstanding research of a theoretical or experimental nature in the fields of industrial chemistry or chemical engineering
Ernest Guenther Award Outstanding achievements in the analysis, structure elucidation, and chemical synthesis of natural products, with special consideration given to the independence of thought and originality
F.A. Cotton Medal for Excellence in Chemical Research Texas A&M Section of the American Chemical Society to recognize accomplishments in research [1]
Garvan–Olin Medal Distinguished scientific accomplishment, leadership and service to chemistry by women chemists
George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education Outstanding contributions to chemical education
HIST Award for Outstanding Achievement in the History of Chemistry Outstanding career of contributions to the history of chemistry
Herman Skolnik Award Outstanding contributions to and achievements in the theory and practice of chemical information science
Heroes of Chemistry Creation of innovative and impactful products based on chemistry and chemical engineering
Herty Medal Outstanding chemists resident in the Southeastern United States who have significantly contributed to their chosen fields
International Rubber Science Hall of Fame Jointly sponsored by the Maurice Morton Institute of Polymer Science at The University of Akron and the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society.
Irving Langmuir Award Awarded alternate years with American Physical Society. Outstanding interdisciplinary research in chemistry and physics, in the spirit of Irving Langmuir.
James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry Outstanding contributions to the field of chemical education
James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry Outstanding reporting on chemistry, chemical engineering, and related chemical fields
Linus Pauling Award Outstanding achievement in chemistry
Melvin Mooney Distinguished Technology Award Individuals "who have exhibited exceptional technical competency by making significant and repeated contributions to rubber science and technology
Murray Goodman Memorial Prize Outstanding accomplishments in one or more of the areas of biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, biophysics, or chemical biology. The award is given by the journal Biopolymers
Nakanishi Prize Award in chemistry given alternately by the Chemical Society of Japan and the American Chemical Society
Oesper Award Award in chemistry given by the University of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society
Patterson-Crane Award Contributions to chemical information
Peter Debye Award Outstanding research in physical chemistry
Priestley Medal Distinguished service in the field of chemistry
Sparks-Thomas award Outstanding contributions and innovations in the field of elastomers by younger scientists, technologists, and engineers
Stieglitz Lecture Presented alternatively by the University of Chicago Chemistry department and the Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society
Tolman Award Resident in Southern California for outstanding contributions to chemistry which include contributions in areas of fundamental studies, chemical technology, and significant contributions to chemical education or outstanding leadership in science on a national level
Ullyot Public Affairs Lecture With Science History Institute etc. Contributions of the sciences (in particular chemistry and biology) to the public welfare
Willard Gibbs Award Eminent chemists who, through years of application and devotion, have brought to the world developments that enable everyone to live more comfortably and to understand this world better
William H. Nichols Medal Significant and original contribution in any field of chemistry

Awards of the Society of Chemical Industry

The Society of Chemical Industry was established in 1881 by scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs. It offers a number of awards related to chemistry.

The Society MedalThe society's most prestigious medal. Awarded for furthering the connection between science and business
Perkin Medal Awarded by American Section for innovation in applied chemistry resulting in outstanding commercial development.
Chemical Industry Medal Awarded by American Section for conspicuous service to applied chemistry.
Gordon E. Moore Medal Awarded by American Section for early career success involving innovation in chemical industries.
Castner Medal Awarded by Electrochemical Technology Group for applied electrochemistry or electrochemical engineering connected to industrial research
Lister Memorial LectureAwarded by Scotland Group
Levinstein Memorial AwardFor excellence in chemical research and knowledge
Leverhulme LectureFor excellence in chemical research and knowledge
George Bessey Award LectureThe award recognises the efforts of dedicated and exceptional members of the society
Baekeland LectureFor authority on polymeric materials

Other awards

AustraliaPhillip Law Postdoctoral Award for the Physical Sciences [2] Royal Society of Victoria Excellence in scientific research by an early career researcher in the physical sciences
Australia Rennie Memorial Medal Royal Australian Chemical Institute Person who has contributed most towards the development of some branch of chemical science
Austria Fritz Pregl Prize Austrian Academy of Sciences Distinguished achievements in chemistry. No longer awarded
Austria Haitinger Prize Austrian Academy of SciencesStudies in chemistry and physics that proved to be of great practical use for industrial applications
Austria Lieben Prize Austrian Academy of Sciences Young scientists working in the fields of molecular biology, chemistry, or physics
Canada Chemical Institute of Canada Medal Chemical Institute of Canada Person who has made an outstanding contribution to the science of chemistry or chemical engineering in Canada
Canada Fred P. Lossing Award Canadian Society for Mass Spectrometry Distinguished Canadian mass spectrometrist
Canada Rutherford Memorial Medal Royal Society of Canada Outstanding research in chemistry
Chile National Prize for Natural Sciences (Chile) CONICYT  : National Prize of Chile Natural sciences
Denmark H. C. Ørsted Medal The Society for the Dissemination of Natural Science, DenmarkOutstanding original scientific work in physics or chemistry
Europe Lavoisier Medal International Society for Biological Calorimetry [3] Outstanding contribution to the development and/or the application of direct calorimetry in biology and medicine [4]
France Médaille Lavoisier Société chimique de France Work or actions which have enhanced the perceived value of chemistry in society. [5]
Germany Alfred Stock Memorial Prize German Chemical Society Outstanding independent scientific experimental investigation in the field of inorganic chemistry
Germany Bunsen–Kirchhoff Award German Working Group for Applied SpectroscopyOutstanding achievements in the field of analytical spectroscopy
Germany Ernst Schering Prize Ernst Schering Foundation Outstanding basic research in the fields of medicine, biology or chemistry
Germany Heinrich Wieland Prize Boehringer Ingelheim FoundationOutstanding research on biologically active molecules and systems in the areas of chemistry, biochemistry and physiology as well as their clinical importance
Germany Klung Wilhelmy Science Award Otto Klung and Dr. Wilhelmy FoundationsOutstanding German scientists in chemistry or physics under the age of 40
Germany Liebig Medal German Chemical Society Outstanding achievements in the entire field of chemistry [6]
Germany Otto Hahn Medal Max Planck Society Outstanding scientific achievement by junior scientists
Germany Otto Hahn Prize German Chemical Society, German Physical Society and city of Frankfurt Outstanding achievement in the field of chemistry, physics or applied engineering science
India Infosys Prize in Physical Sciences Infosys Science Foundation Scientists, researchers, engineers and social scientists of Indian Origin
International Edison Award Edison Awards Honoring excellence in innovation
International International Chemistry Olympiad International Science Olympiad Academic competition for high school students
Israel Sackler Prize Tel Aviv University Young scientists who have made outstanding and fundamental contributions in physics or chemistry
Israel Wolf Prize in Chemistry Wolf Foundation Chemistry
Italy Alfredo di Braccio Award Accademia dei Lincei Chemistry
Italy Chirality Medal Italian Chemical Society Distinguished contribution to all aspects of chirality
Italy Luigi Galvani Medal Italian Chemical Society Work of foreign scientists in the field of electrochemistry
Japan Ryoji Noyori Prize Society of Synthetic Organic ChemistryOutstanding contributions to research in asymmetric synthetic chemistry defined in its broadest sense
Netherlands OPCW–The Hague Award Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Individuals and institutions that have significantly contributed towards the goal of a world free of chemical weapons
Netherlands Tetrahedron Prize Elsevier Creativity in organic chemistry or bioorganic and medicinal chemistry
New Zealand Hector Medal Royal Society Te Apārangi Outstanding contribution to the advancement of chemical sciences; physical sciences; or mathematical and information sciences
Pakistan Abdus Salam Award International Centre for Theoretical Physics Pakistan chapterScientists resident in Pakistan, below 35 years of age, in chemistry, mathematics, physics, biology
Poland Kołos Medal University of Warsaw and the Polish Chemical Society Distinction in theoretical or experimental physical chemistry
Russia Demidov Prize Russian Academy of Sciences Outstanding achievements in natural sciences and humanities
Russia Lebedev Prize Russian Academy of Sciences Outstanding work in the field of chemistry and technology of synthetic rubber and other synthetic polymers
Sweden Gregori Aminoff Prize Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Contribution in the field of crystallography, including areas concerned with the dynamics of the formation and dissolution of crystal structures. Some preference should be shown for work evincing elegance in the approach to the problem
Sweden Nobel Prize in Chemistry Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Outstanding contributions in chemistry
Switzerland Paul Karrer Gold Medal University of Zurich Outstanding researcher in the field of chemistry
United Kingdom Aston Medal British Mass Spectrometry Society Outstanding contributions to our understanding of the biological, chemical, engineering, mathematical, medical, or physical sciences relating directly to mass spectrometry
United Kingdom Beit Memorial Fellowships for Medical Research Beit Memorial FellowshipBritish biomedical science. Replaced by Wellcome–Beit Prize Fellowships in 2009
United Kingdom Copley Medal Royal Society Outstanding achievements in research in any branch of science
United Kingdom Davy Medal Royal Society Outstandingly important recent discovery in any branch of chemistry
United Kingdom Melchett Medal Energy Institute Outstanding contributions to the science of fuel and energy
United States Agnes Fay Morgan Research Award Iota Sigma Pi Research achievement in chemistry or biochemistry to a woman not over forty years of age
United States American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal American Institute of Chemists, Science History Institute Person who has most encouraged the science of chemistry or the profession of chemist or chemical engineer in the United States of America
United States Biemann Medal American Society for Mass Spectrometry Individual early in his or her career in recognition of significant achievement in basic or applied mass spectrometry
United States Bristol-Myers Squibb Awards Bristol-Meyers Squibb FoundationDistinguished achievements in fields such as cancer, infectious disease, neuroscience, nutrition, and cardiovascular disease
United States Chemical Industry Medal Society of Chemical Industry Person making a valuable application of chemical research to industry. Primary consideration shall be given to applications in the public interest
United States Chemical Pioneer Award American Institute of Chemists Chemists or chemical engineers who have made outstanding contributions to advances in chemistry or the chemical profession
United States Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Chemistry research and education
United States Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy American Physical Society Notable contributions to the field of molecular spectroscopy and dynamics
United States Edward Goodrich Acheson Award Electrochemical Society Conspicuous contribution to the advancement of the objectives, purposes, and activities of the society (ECS)
United States Gabor A. Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis Gabor A. and Judith K. Somorjai Endowment FundOutstanding research in the field of catalysis
United States Glenn T. Seaborg Medal University of California, Los Angeles Exceptional scientific contributions in the fields of chemistry or biochemistry
United States Gordon E. Moore Medal Society of Chemical Industry (America Section) Early career success involving innovation in chemical industries
United States Gordon E. Moore Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Solid State Science and Technology Electrochemical Society Outstanding contributions to solid-state science and technology
United States International Palladium Medal Société de Chimie Industrielle (American Section) Outstanding contributions to the chemical industry on an international level
United States Lavoisier Medal DuPont DuPont scientists and engineers who have made outstanding contributions to DuPont and their scientific fields throughout their careers
United States NAS Award for Chemistry in Service to Society National Academy of Sciences Contributions to chemistry, either in fundamental science or its application, that clearly satisfy a societal need
United States NAS Award in Chemical Sciences National Academy of Sciences Innovative research in the chemical sciences that in the broadest sense contributes to a better understanding of the natural sciences and to the benefit of humanity
United States Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research Robert A. Welch Foundation Work of young researchers in Texas. [7]
United States Norman Hackerman Young Author Award Electrochemical Society Best paper published in the Journal of the Electrochemical Society for a topic in the field of electrochemical science and technology by a young author or authors
United States Olin Palladium Award Electrochemical Society Outstanding contributions to the fundamental understanding of all types of electrochemical and corrosion phenomena and processes.
United States Othmer Gold Medal Science History Institute etc.Outstanding individuals who contributed to progress in chemistry and science through their activities in areas including innovation, entrepreneurship, research, education, public understanding, legislation, and philanthropy
United States Percy L. Julian Award National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)Black scientists who have made significant contributions in pure and/or applied research in science or engineering
United States Perkin Medal Society of Chemical Industry (America Section) Innovation in applied chemistry resulting in outstanding commercial development
United States Petrochemical Heritage Award Founders Club, Science History Institute Outstanding contributions to the petrochemical community
United States Pittcon Heritage Award Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, Science History Institute Outstanding individuals whose entrepreneurial careers shaped the instrumentation and laboratory supplies community
United States Remington Medal American Pharmacists Association Distinguished service on behalf of American pharmacy
United States Richard J. Bolte Sr. Award Science History Institute Outstanding contributions by a leader who provides products or services vital to the continuing growth and development of the chemical and molecular sciences community
United States Neville Prize Science History Institute Biographical work in the field of chemistry or molecular science
United States Sloan Research Fellowship Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Early-career scientists and scholars
United States Wayne B. Nottingham Prize Physical Electronics Conference [8] Best student paper presented at the conference
United States Welch Award in Chemistry Robert A. Welch Foundation Basic chemical research for the benefit of mankind
United States Williams–Wright Award Coblentz Society Extraordinary or outstanding work in spectroscopic measurements while working in an industrial setting
United States Winthrop-Sears Medal, The Chemists' Club, Science History Institute Entrepreneurial achievement in the chemical industry for the betterment of humanity

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