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Theodore William Richards Medal Award
Conspicuous Achievement in any area of Chemistry
Theodore William Richards
The Theodore William Richards Medal Award for Conspicuous Achievement in any area of Chemistry honors the U.S.'s first chemistry Nobel Laureate and is given every two years by the ACS Northeastern Section. This Medal Award was established in 1928, the year of the death of Richards. The Award Ceremony is usually held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the March meeting of the Northeastern Section.
The Committee Chair will place an announcement for the call for nominations into the Nucleus (editorial deadline: July 15) and C&E News in August. The Chair will also contact the Chemistry Departments at the top 40 to 50 U.S. academic institutions, the ACS technical divisions, and the ACS local sections in order to solicit nominations.
Nomination packages, consisting of a brief (no more than 5 pages) curriculum vitae for the nominee, a clear and concise (no more than 2 pages) nomination letter that outlines the candidate’s “conspicuous achievements in chemistry” on which the nomination is based, and an optional one-page supporting letter, should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to Anna Singer <>, NESACS Administrative Secretary.
Nomination packages have a 4-year total life (2 nomination cycles). Nominators who wish their unsuccessful nominee to be a candidate for a second selection cycle must submit a letter indicating their intent to re-nominate the candidate a second time and submit a one-page update that describes the nominee’s activities in the two-year time period following the original nomination.
As new or updated nominations are received, nominators will be sent an acknowledgment of receipt of the award nomination or update.
The deadline for receipt of new or updated nominations is October 31, 2021.
The 2021 Award will be presented at the March 2022 NESACS Monthly Meeting.
Awarding the Theodore William Richards Medal and Award.
  • The awarding of the Theodore William Richards Medal shall be the charge of a special committee of seven members: four elected by the membership of the Northeastern Section, two appointed ACS members who are not members of the Northeastern Section, and the Editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
  • The Award Committee shall have full power to choose the recipient, and its choice shall be final.
  • The Theodore William Richards Medal Award shall be given for conspicuous achievement in any area of chemistry.
  • The award shall not be made more often than once every two years, except under unusual conditions.
  • The recipient shall appear in person to receive the medal and deliver an address (or read a paper) about his/her work.

Prior Recipients of the Theodore William Richards Medal for Conspicuous Achievement in Chemistry
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Chad Mirkin to Receive 2018 Theodore Richards Award for Conspicuous Achievement in Chemistry

Northeastern Section, American Chemical Society
Northwestern University’s Chad A. Mirkin has been selected to receive the 2018 Theodore Williams Richards Award and Medal, in recognition of “conspicuous achievements in chemistry,” from the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
Mirkin, the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry and the director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) at Northwestern, will receive the award during the ACS Northeastern Section monthly meeting on Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Cambridge, Mass. Mirkin will be the 45th recipient of the biennial award established in 1928. Recipients of the prestigious honor include 11 Nobel laureates and other scientific luminaries.

Mirkin is a world-renowned chemist and expert in nanotechnology, most known for his discovery and development of spherical nucleic acids, and the many medical diagnostic, therapeutic and materials applications that have derived from them: Dip-Pen Nanolithography  (recognized by National Geographic as one of the "top 100 scientific discoveries that changed the world") and numerous other contributions to supramolecular chemistry. Mirkin is the author of more than 730 manuscripts and more than 1,100 patent applications worldwide (more than 310 issued), and he is the founder of seven companies.

Among an elite group of scientists, engineers and medical doctors to be elected to all three branches of the U.S. National Academies — the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine — Mirkin also is a professor of medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine and a professor of chemical and biological engineering, biomedical engineering and materials science and engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern. Mirkin served on President Barack Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, from 2009 through 2016.
His scientific achievements have been recognized with more than more than 130 national and international awards, including the NAS Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in Convergence Research, the Dan David Prize (Israel), the Wilhelm Exner Medal (Austria), the RUSNANOPRIZE (Russia), the Friendship Medal (China), the Dickson Prize in Science, the American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal and the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize.
Mirkin has served on the editorial advisory boards of more than 20 scholarly journals and is a current associate editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society and the founding editor of the journal Small, one of the premier international nanotechnology journals. Mirkin has co-edited multiple best-selling books.
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Our Mission
The mission of the Richards Medal Committee is to select the recipient of the Theodore William Richards Medal and arrange for the award ceremonies.

The Richards Award Committee: Who are we?
  Doris I. Lewis, Chair
  Dr. Jerry P. Jasinski
  Dr. Mary Jane Shultz
  Dr. Mingdi Yan
  Dr. Peter Stang, Editor of JACS
  Dr. Harry Gray, Past Winner
  Dr. Gabor Somorjai, Past Winner

All Award Recipients ...