Centenary Prizes


The Centenary Prizes are awarded to outstanding chemists, who are also exceptional communicators, from overseas to give lectures in the British Isles.


2014 Winners

Professor Nakamura

Centenary Prize 2014 Winner

Professor Eiichi Nakamura, University of Tokyo



Professor Sir Stoddart

Centenary Prize 2014 Winner

Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart, Northwestern University



Professor Wooley

Centenary Prize 2014 Winner

Professor Karen Wooley, Texas A&M University


General information


  • Run annually
  • Up to three prizes are available 
  • The winners receive £5000, a medal and certificate, to be presented at an Awards ceremony in November  
  • The winners will complete a UK lecture tour
  • The winners are chosen by the RSC Awards Working Group               

Guidelines for Nominators


  • Nominations open on 01 September 2014
  • Nominations close on 15 January 2015 
  • Only RSC Members can nominate for the 2015 Prizes and Awards Main portfolio 
  • Candidates may NOT nominate themselves
  • This award is open to candidates working outside of the UK and Republic of Ireland only
  • There are no age restrictions associated with this award
  • When nominating recent Award and Prize winners, please remember that a person cannot be rewarded twice for substantially the same body of work    

To make a nomination please use our online awards nominations system at the bottom of the page to submit the following:

  • Your name, contact details, and membership number (please contact the RSC Membership team if you do not know your membership details)
  • The candidate’s name and contact details 
  • An up to date CV for the candidate (no longer than one A4 side, 11pt text) which should include their date of birth, summary of education and career, a list of 5 relevant publications, total numbers of publications and patents (if appropriate) and website URL if relevant
  • A supporting statement (no longer than one A4 side, 11pt text) addressing the selection criteria
  • References are not required for this prize  

Selection Criteria for RSC Prizes


The selection committee(s) will consider the following aspects of all nominations for scientific research Prizes as appropriate:

  • Originality of research
  • Impact of research
  • Quality of publications and/or patents and/or software
  • Innovation
  • Professional standing
  • Collaborations and teamwork
  • Other indicators of esteem indicated by the nominee/nominator     

Previous Winners

Centenary Prize Previous Winners

1949 - present

History of the Prize


The Centenary prize was founded in 1947 to commemorate the centenary of the Chemical Society in 1841.

In 1980, the Chemical Society and the Royal Institute of Chemistry, together with the Faraday Society and the Society for Analytical Chemistry, became the Royal Society of Chemistry.


Make a Nomination

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Deadline for nominations Wednesday 15 January 2015. Your nomination can be saved and completed at any time


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Awards Working Group


  • Nicholas Westwood, University of St Andrews (Chair)
  • Melissa Hanna-Brown, Pfizer Global R+D
  • Brendan Keely, University of York 
  • David Cole-Hamilton, University of St Andrews
  • Graham Hutchings, Cardiff University
  • Howard Colquhoun, University of Reading
  • Ray Jones, University of Loughborough
  • Tom Brown, University of Oxford
  • Gareth Price, University of Bath
  • Bryan Hanley, KTN 

Contact and Further Information

Awards
Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Milton Road, Science Park, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432384
Fax: +44 (0)1223 423623