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Nyholm Prize for Education


The Nyholm Prize for Education recognises a major national or international research or innovation contribution to the field of chemical science education.

2013 Winner

Dr Peter Wothers

Nyholm Prize for Education 2013 Winner

Dr Peter Wothers, University of Cambridge


Rules and Criteria


  • Run biennially
  • Open to everyone without restrictions 
  • Candidates are NOT permitted to nominate themselves
  • A one page supporting statement addressing the selection criteria
  • A one page CV that should include their date of birth, website URL, summary of education and career, a list of 5 relevant publications, total numbers of publications/patents or other evidence of impact, as appropriate
  • Nominations open on 1 September 2014
  • Nominations close on 15 January 2015
  • Prize winners are chosen by the RSC Awards Sub-Committee
  • Prize winner receives 5000, a medal and a certificate      

About Sir Ronald Nyholm


Sir Ronald Sydney Nyholm
This prize was established to commemorate the life and work of Sir Ronald Nyholm, president of the Royal Society of Chemistry from 1968 to 1970.

Sir Nyholm, 1917-1971, was born in New South Wales, Australia and his work centred on coordination (metal complex) chemistry, particular on arsines as ligands.  Alongside his research activities in this area, he was also an ardent campaigner for the improvement of science education.  He undertook roles as a chemistry teacher and lecturer in various institutions in both the UK and Australia.  Whilst involve with the Royal Society of Chemistry, he played a large and leading role in the launch of RSC journal Education in Chemistry.

The Prize was formerly known as the Sir Ronald Nyholm Lectureship and was awarded by the Education and Dalton Division in alternate years.  The Nyholm Prize for Education continues to recognise achievements by those working in education in the chemical scientists, whilst the Nyholm Prize for Inorganic Chemistry rewards those in the field of inorganic chemistry.


Previous Winners

Sir Ronald Nyholm Lectureship Winners

Winners of the Nyholm Prize for Education, previously known as the Sir Ronald Nyholm Lectureship and run in alternate years by the Education Divison.

Nomination Information

Guidelines for Nominators of Prizes

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