Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prizes
The Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prizes are awarded for the most meritorious and promising original investigations in chemistry and published results of those investigations.
Dr Gonçalo Bernardes, University of Cambridge
Professor Susan Perkin, University of Oxford
Dr Sarah Staniland, The University of Sheffield
- Run annually
- Up to three prizes are available
- Winners receive £5000, a medal and a certificate, to be presented at our Prize ceremony in November
- Winners will complete UK lecture tours
- Prize winners are chosen by the RSC Awards Working Group
Guidelines for Nominators
- Nominations open on 01 October
- Nominations close on 15 January
- Only RSC Members can nominate for this prize
- Nominees may NOT nominate themselves
- The prize is open to nominees working in the UK and Republic of Ireland only
- Nominees should be 35 or under on 31 January or be within 7 years of completing their PhD. Consideration will also be given to those who have taken career breaks or followed different study paths
- When nominating previous RSC prize or 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 nominee (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
- 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 include the nominee's post-doc or PhD supervisor
- Referees must provide reports by 31 January
- We will contact nominators and referees of nominees with outstanding references one week after close of nominations on 15 January once only.
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
- Professional standing
- 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 (of up to 4500 characters) by 31 January.
- We will contact nominators and referees of nominees with outstanding references after one week after close of nominations on 15 January once only.
- Referees must state their relationship (if any) with the nominee and note any conflicts of interest.
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
1921 - present
History of the Award
The Edward Harrison Memorial Prize and the Meldola Medal and Prize combined to form the Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize in 2008.
Harrison became the Deputy Controller of the Chemical Warfare Department and produced the first serviceable British gas mask. He continuously worked on this during the war until he died of pneumonia, aged 47. His contributions have hugely impacted the lives of many in the armed forces.
The Meldola Prize, a gift of the Society of Maccabaeans, recognises the significant contributions to science of one of its former presidents, Raphael Meldola. Born in 1849 he went on to become an industrial chemist, inventing the oxazine dye Meldola's Blue. He was professor of chemistry at the City and Guilds Technical College in Finsbury for 20 years, publishing over 250 papers and reports during this time.
His scientific interests extended from organic chemistry to entomology, under the mentorship of Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin, and astronomy, leading the British Eclipse Expedition to the Nicobar Islands, India in 1875. Meldola was highly regarded, as shown by his presidency of a number of prestigious chemical societies: the Chemical Society (1905-07), the Society of Chemical Industry (1907-09), and the Institute of Chemistry (1912-15).
Contact and Further Information
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