The Polanyi Medal is a biennial award of the Royal Society of Chemistry for outstanding contributions to the field of gas kinetics. The medal is presented at the International Symposium on Gas Kinetics after a plenary lecture given by the prize winner.
The award is named after the Hungarian-British polymath Michael Polanyi, 1891-1976, whose research helped to establish the topic of gas kinetics and reaction dynamics. His son, John Polanyi, received the Polanyi Medal in 1988.
|2018||Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts|
|1992||Jurgen Tröe [sic]|
|1990||Ian William Murison Smith|
|1987||Fred Kaufmann [sic] (awarded posthumously)|
|1986||Sidney W. Benson|
|1984||B. S. Rabinovich|
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