Alpha Chi Sigma Educational Foundation

American Chemical Society (ACS)

The Pure Chemistry Award of the American Chemical Society (ACS) was established at the sum of $1,000 per year to recognize outstanding chemists not older than 35 years of age. It was financed from 1931 to 1937 by Drs. A.C. and Irving Langmuir. In 1938, Professor James Kendall, Alpha Alpha 1923, was the sponsor. But there was no award in 1939 due to the lack of a donor.

Recipients from 1931 to 1938 were:

Year Awardee Chapter and Year Initiated
1931 Linus Pauling Sigma 1940
1932 Oscar Rice  
1933 F.H. Spedding  
1934 C. Fredrick Koelsch Alpha 1926
1935 Raymond M. Fuoss  
1936 John Gramble Kirkwood  
1937 E. Bright Wilson  
1938 Paul D. Bartlett Omicron 1929

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After two or more years of thought and argument, it was decided at the Tenth Professional Conference luncheon in Baltimore in the spring of 1939 to support the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry. William Higberg, Beta 1914, and Stewart S. Kurtz, Omicron 1921, insistently advocated support of the award. Brother Kurtz later contributed largely to the success of the program as chairman of the Alpha Chi Sigma Pure Chemistry Award Committee from 1940 to 1944. Currently, the award consists of $5,000 plus a travel stipend of $1,000.

The award is announced at the fall meeting of the American Chemical Society and is presented at the following spring meeting, at which a symposium honoring the recipient is usually held.

Awards granted under Alpha Chi Sigma sponsorship include:

Year Awardee Chapter and Year Initiated
1940 Olin Brockway Alpha Beta 1941
1941 Karl A. Folkers Zeta 1942
1942 John L. Oncley Alpha 1929
1943 Kenneth S. Pitzer Sigma 1940
1944 Arthur C. Cope Chi 1945
1945 Frederick Wall Zeta 1938
1946 C.C. Price Zeta 1941
1947 Glenn T. Seaborg Beta Gamma 1935
1948 Saul Winstein Beta Gamma 1951
1949 Richard T. Arnold Zeta 1935
1950 Verner Schomaker Theta 1932
1951 John C. Sheehan Alpha Zeta 1948
1952 Harrison S. Brown  
1953 William von E. Doering  
1954 John D. Roberts Beta Gamma 1939
1955 Paul Delahay Psi 1951
1956 Paul M. Doty Nu 1939
1957 Gilbert Stork  
1958 Carl Djerassi  
1959 Ernest M. Grunwald Beta Iota 1960
1960 Elias J. Corey Zeta 1952
1961 Eugene E. Van Tamelen  
1962 Harden M. McConnell Alpha Pi 1945
1963 Stuart A. Rice  
1964 Marshal Fixman  
1965 Dudley Herschbach  
1966 Ronald Breslow  
1967 John D. Baldeschweiler  
1968 Orville L. Chapman  
1969 Roald Hoffmann  
1970 Harry B. Gray Upsilon 1958
1971 R. Bruce King  
1972 Roy G. Gordon  
1973 John I. Brauman  
1974 Nicholas J. Turro  
1975 George M. Whitesides  
1976 Karl S. Freed  
1977 Barry M. Trost  
1978 Jesse L. Beauchamp  
1979 Henry F. Schaefer III  
1980 John E. Bercaw  
1981 Mark S. Wrighton  
1982 Stephen R. Leone  
1983 Michael J. Berry  
1984 Eric Oldfield  
1985 Ben Freiser Gamma Beta 1985
1986 Peter Wolynes  
1987 George McLendon  
1988 Jacqueline K. Barton  
1989 Stuart L. Schreiber  
1990 Peter G. Schultz  
1991 Nathan S. Lewis  
1992 Charles M. Lieber  
1993 Jeremy M. Berg  
1994 Gerard F.R. Parkin  
1995 M. Reza Ghadiri  
1996 Ann McDermott  
1997 Erick M. Carreira  
1998 Christopher C. Cummins  
1999 Chad A. Mirkin  
2000 Chaitan Khosla  
2001 Carolyn Bertozzi Sigma 2001
2002 Hongjie Dai  
2003 Jillian M. Buriak  
2004 Mei Hong  
2005 Peidong Yang  
2006 David R. Liu  
2007 Xiaowei Zhuang  
2008 Rustem F. Ismagilov  
2009 Garnet K.L. Chan  
2010 Phillippe S. Baran  
2011 Melanie S. Sanford  
2012 Oleg V. Ozerov  

 

 

 

 

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