Marlow Award


The Marlow Award is in recognition of the most meritorious contributions to physical chemistry or chemical physics.


2014 Winner

Dr Casiraghi

Marlow Award 2014 Winner

Dr Cinzia Casiraghi, University of Manchester


General information


  • Run annually 
  • The winner receives 2000, a medal and a certificate
  • The winner will complete a UK lecture tour
  • The winner will be chosen by the Faraday Division Awards Committee               

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
  • Open to UK and Republic of Ireland only
  • Candidates will ordinarily be eligible up to the tenth anniversary of the award of their PhD degree and assessment will be based on work published during that time.
  • Candidates without a PhD must be 35 years old or below on 31 January 2015. Appropriate consideration will be given 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 and total numbers of publications and patents (if appropriate)
  • 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 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 Awards


The selection committee(s) will consider the following aspects of all nominations for scientific research Awards 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 may not include the candidate's post-doc or PhD supervisor.
  • Referees must state their relationship (if any) with the candidate and note any conflicts of interest. 

Previous Winners

Marlow Award Previous Winners

1957 - present

History of the Award


First presented in 1957, this award commemorates the chemist and patent lawyer George Stanley Withers Marlow.

Born in 1889 Marlow's education began at New College School, Oxford, and Rutlish Science School, Merton.  In 1906 he embarked upon his BSc degree in Chemistry at King's College London, graduating with honours in 1909.  The following year he became an associate of the Institute of Chemistry, with a focus on food and drugs.  Meanwhile he worked as assistant to the public analyst Mr Edward Hinks, joining the staff of the Government Chemist in 1911.  From 1915 to 1919 Marlow was in charge of the army service corps reserve depot in Dartford. 

In 1919, Marlow became assistant secretary of the Royal Institute of Chemistry, a post he held for six years.  During this time he became a member of Gray's Inn, was called to the Bar in 1923 and became pupil to Mr W Trevor Watson, K.C.  However he did not start practising until four years later and in 1925 became the assistant of the General Manager of the Association of British Chemical Manufacturers, Mr Woolcock.  Later in life Marlow developed a substantial technical legal practice and acted in cases of chemical patents, for example in the case Boots Cash Chemists ltd vs. Sharp and Dohme.

1913 saw Marlow's election as a Fellow of the Institute of Chemistry.  He was secretary of the Faraday Society in 1926 until his death in 1948.

The award was originally called the Marlow Medal and Prize but was re-named in 2008 as the Marlow Award.


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