Centenary Prizes

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

2015 Winners

Professor Chad Mirkin

Centenary Prize 2015 Winner

Professor Chad Mirkin, Northwestern University

Professor Geoffrey Ozin

Centenary Prize 2015 Winner

Professor Geoffrey Ozin, University of Toronto

Professor Jean-Marie Tarascon

Centenary Prize 2015 Winner

Professor Jean-Marie Tarascon, Collège de France

General information

  • Run annually
  • Up to three prizes are available 
  • The winners receive £5000, a medal and certificate, to be presented at our Prize 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 October 2015
  • Nominations close on 15 January 2016
  • Only RSC Members can nominate for this prize
  • Nominees may NOT nominate themselves
  • This prize is open to nominees working outside of the UK and Republic of Ireland only
  • This prize requires winners to be exceptional communicators; therefore in addition to the general criteria, the judging panel will be looking for evidence that nominees have been able to demonstrate outstanding lecturing ability 
  • There are no age restrictions associated with this prize
  • When nominating previous RSC Prize and Award winners, please remember that a person cannot be awarded twice for substantially the same body of work

To make a nomination please use our online awards nominations system  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 nominee’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 (up to 4500 characters) addressing the selection criteria
  • A short citation describing what the nominee should be awarded for. This must be no longer than 250 characters (not including spaces) and ideally no longer than one sentence 
  • References are not required for this prize   

Selection Criteria for RSC Prizes

Our selection committees base their evaluations primarily on the overall quality of relevant contributions made by nominees and not simply on quantitative measures.

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       

In addition to these general criteria, this prize requires nominees to have exceptional communication skills.

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
  • Eleanor Campbell, University of Edinburgh
  • Mark Weller, University of Bath
  • Ray Jones, University of Loughborough
  • Tom Brown, University of Oxford
  • Gareth Price, University of Bath
  • Bryan Hanley, KTN  

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.

Submit your nomination

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