Corday-Morgan Prizes


The Corday-Morgan Prizes are awarded for the most meritorious contributions to chemistry.


2014 Winners

Professor Shaffer

Corday-Morgan Prize 2014 Winner

Professor Milo Shaffer, Imperial College London



Professor Spring

Corday-Morgan Prize 2014 Winner

Professor David Spring, University of Cambridge



Professor Molly Stevens

Corday-Morgan Prize 2014 Winner

Professor Molly Stevens, Imperial College London


General information


  • Run annually
  • Up to three prizes are available
  • Winners receive 5000, a medal and a certificate, to be presented at an Awards ceremony in November
  • The winners will undertake UK lecture tours 
  • Prize 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
  • Candidates should be 40 years old or below on 31 January 2015.  The age specified is a guide for nominators and selection panellists; the RSC Awards Working Group gives appropriate consideration to those who have taken career breaks or followed different study paths
  • 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 number of publications and patents, and other indicators of esteem and evidence of independence
  • A supporting statement (no longer than one A4 side, 11pt text) addressing the selection criteria
  • The names and contact details of two referees. Please inform referees of the nomination as the awards system will contact them as soon as the application is submitted. Referees may not be working at the same institution as the candidate, or include the candidate's post-doc or PhD supervisor 
  • Referees must provide reports by 31 January
  • We will contact nominators and referees of candidates with outstanding references one week after close of nominations on 15 January once only.  

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
  • Independence
  • Collaborations and teamwork
  • Other indicators of esteem indicated by the nominee/nominator     

Guidelines for Referees


  • The awards system will contact referees to inform them that they must provide reports by 31 January.
  • We will contact nominators and referees of candidates with outstanding references after one week after close of nominations on 15 January once only.
  • Referees must state their relationship (if any) with the candidate and note any conflicts of interest. 

Previous Winners

Corday-Morgan Prize Previous Winners

1949 - present

History of the Prize


Sir Gilbert Morgan
Sir Gilbert Thomas Morgan (1872-1940) provided a bequest to establish the Corday-Morgan Prizes in memory of his parents, Thomas Morgan and Mary-Louise Corday. A condition of his bequest, upheld to this day, is to keep their graves in good repair with flowers placed on 4th June each year.

Sir Gilbert Morgan was the first Director of the Government Chemical Research Laboratory, and a dedicated academic and industrial chemist, as well as a passionate teacher.  Born in Essendon in Hertfordshire, Gilbert studied at the Finsbury Technical Institute, where he developed interests in azo dyes and rare earth metals, fields which had a major impact on his later career. His first industrial experience, working for Read Holliday and Sons in Huddersfield, allowed him to study a wide variety of chemical problems. While working there Morgan produced a best-selling dye, Titan Como Blue, and discovered a clear amber resin, later to be commercialised by Baekeland as a component in the first synthetic plastics.

After working in industry for a number of years, Morgan returned to study at the Royal College of Science in London, with subsequent promotion. There, as throughout his career, his interests were wide-ranging, and as well as his primary research into the diazo-reaction, Morgan also researched compounds from carbohydrates to terpenes. It was during this time that his involvement with the Chemical Society began, firstly as Editor of the Journal and then Secretary.

In 1912 the Royal College of Science, Dublin, appointed Morgan as Chair of Chemistry, where he returned to research in an area of early interest to him - high pressure reactions. When the First World War began, Morgan helped to rebuild the British Dye Industry, and worked closely with the Chemical Warfare Committee. As the Mason Professor at Birmingham in 1919, Morgan dedicated himself to inspiring and teaching his students, as well as undertaking all the administrative work involved in the role. 

The Government Chemical Research Laboratory appointed Morgan as the first Director in 1925. There he instigated three long-term research projects with industrial applications, but simultaneously encouraged fundamental research, and the laboratory under his leadership was a demonstration of how pure and applied research could be brought together.

Morgan was honoured with a knighthood in 1937, and served as President of the Chemical Society and the Society of Chemical Industry.


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Awards Working Group


  • Susan Gibson, Imperial College London (Chair)
  • Melissa Hanna-Brown, Pfizer Global R+D
  • Andrew Merritt, Medical Research Council Technology
  • Tina Overton, University of Hull
  • Brendan Keely, University of York 
  • David Cole-Hamilton, University of St Andrews
  • Graham Hutchings, Cardiff University
  • Liz Rowsell, Johnson Matthey
  • Howard Colquhoun, University of Reading
  • Ray Jones, University of Loughborough   

Contact and Further Information

Awards
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