Gustavus John Esselen Award

The Esselen Award for Chemistry in the public interest is one of the most prestigious honors provided by the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society. The award annually recognizes a chemist whose scientific and technical work has contributed to the public well-being, and has thereby communicated positive values of the chemical profession. The Awardee should be a living resident of the United States or Canada at the time of nomination, and the significance of this work should have become apparent within the five years preceding nomination.

The Award was established in 1987 to honor the memory of Gustavus John Esselen, a distinguished member of the Northeastern Section. A brief history of the Award as well as a biography of Esselen can be accessed from this web page.The first awardees were F. Sherwood Rowland and Mario J. Molina, who subsequently received the Nobel Prize. As can be seen by the list of past recipients, any field of chemistry is valid as long as the scientific work has clearly contributed to the public well-being and its value to society has become apparent within the last five years.

The award consists of a medal and a check for $5,000. Travel expenses incidental to the conferring of this award will be reimbursed. The award will usually be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the April meeting of the Northeastern Section. The Awardee will deliver an address on the subject of the work for which the honor is being conferred, or for work in progress which is also directed to chemistry in the public interest.


2014 Esselen Award Winner
David R. Walt

   
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Prior Recipients of the Gustavus John Esselen Award
Click to see the article "In Memory of Gustavus J. Esselen III" from the October 2007 issue of The Nucleus

 
Call for Nominations
The Gustavus John Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest
The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) is inviting nominations for its prestigious Gustavus John Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest. This award is given annually to a chemical scientist whose scientific and technical work has contributed to the public well-being and has thereby communicated the positive values of the chemical profession. The significance of this work should have become apparent within the five years preceding nomination. The awardee shall be a living resident of the United States or Canada at the time of the nomination.
There is no limitation to the field of chemistry. The selection committee focuses on the general public recognition of the work, as well as its scien- tific/technical significance.
The Award consists of a bronze medal and the sum of $5,000. Travel expenses incidental to the conferring of the award will be reimbursed. The award will be presented at the April 2015 meeting of the Section. The Awardee is expected to deliver an address on the subject of the work for which the honor is conferred, or for work in progress, which is also directed toward chemistry in the public interest.
Nominations should be submitted as a single pdf file including:
  • a letter signed by the primary sponsor with a description of the nominee’s work recognized as making a major contribution to the public welfare and as communicating positive values of the chemical profession, plus the names of two co-sponsors;
  • short supporting co-sponsor statements;
  • the nominee’s professional biography, including a list of no more than ten of the nominee’s publications selected for their pertinence to the work nominated for recognition; and
  • copies of popular and technical press news or feature articles indicative of public benefit and interest.
Nominations Are Due October 15, 2014 to chorghade@comcast.net with cc to piper281@verizon.net. Award recipients will be notified by February 1, 2015.
Inquiries may be directed to the above or to Dr. Mukund Chorghade, Tel. (508) 651-7809 or Karen Piper, Tel. (978) 456-8622. Address: 19 Mill Rd., Harvard, MA 01451.