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Longstaff Prize


The Longstaff Prize is given to an RSC member who has done the most to advance the science of chemistry.


Current Winner

Professor Steven Ley

Longstaff Prize 2013 Winner

Professor Steven Ley, University of Cambridge


Rules & Criteria


  • Run triennially
  • Candidates should be members of the RSC 
  • Candidates are NOT permitted to nominate themselves
  • One page CV for the candidate, which should include the details listed in the Information for Nominators of Prizes, which can be viewed through the link on this page
  • A two page supporting statement addressing the selection criteria, which can be viewed through the link on this page
  • Nominations open on 1 September 2015 
  • Nominations close on 15 January 2016
  • Prize winners are chosen by the RSC Awards Sub-Committee
  • Prize winner receives 5000, a medal and a certificate       

About the Prize


This prize was instituted to commemorate Dr George Dixon Longstaff (1799-1892), an founding fellow and benefactor of the RSC.

Dr Longstaff was born in Durham and worked as a chemist in both Glasgow and Edinburgh, receiving his MD at Edinburgh University.

He led a varied career as an academic and industrial chemist, including a spell in America as the consulting chemist for the Place Gold Mines Company.

As well as being a founding fellow of the Chemical Society of London (later to become the RSC), he was also Vice-President twice (1853-1856 and 1876-1877).


Previous Winners

Previous winners

A list of previous recipients of the Longstaff Prize, which was formerly known as the Longstaff Medal.

Online Nomination Form

Information for Nominators of Prizes

Includes nomination requirements, selection procedure and timeframe information on making a nomination for an RSC Prize

Selection Criteria for RSC Prizes

Selection criteria to be addressed in the supporting statement and referees report