Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Award


The Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Award is for outstanding contributions to pure or applied research in the field of organometallic chemistry.


2016 Winner

Professor Guy Bertrand

Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Award 2016 Winner

Professor Guy Bertrand, University of California San Diego and CNRS


General information


  • Run biennially - NOT OPEN for 2017 nominations 
  • The winner receives 2000, a medal and a certificate
  • The winner will complete a UK lecture tour
  • The winner will be chosen by the Dalton Division Awards Committee        

Guidelines for Nominators


  • Nominations open on 01 October
  • Nominations close on 15 January 
  • Only RSC Members can nominate for this award
  • Nominees may NOT nominate themselves
  • The award is open to nominees based in the UK or internationally
  • There are no age restrictions associated with this award
  • 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, not including spaces) 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 
  • References are not required for this award and will not be accepted

Selection Criteria for RSC Awards


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 Awards as appropriate:

  • Originality of research
  • Impact of research
  • Quality of publications and/or patents and/or software
  • Innovation
  • Professional standing
  • Collaborations and teamwork
  • Other indicators of esteem indicated by the nominee/nominator   

Dalton Division Awards Committee


  • Emma Raven, University of Leicester (Chair)
  • Nigel Pickett, Nanoco Technologies Ltd
  • Scott Dalgarno, Heriot-Watt University
  • Rebecca Melen, Cardiff University
  • Ian Fairlamb, University of York 

Previous Winners

Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Award Previous Winners

1999 - present

History of the Award


Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson
This award was established to recognise the life of and numerous scientific contributions made by Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson. This award was formerly known as the Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Lectureship.

Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson graduated from Imperial College, London in 1941. He went on to work in the chemistry field in Montreal, Berkeley (CA), Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University until he returned to England in 1955. He was appointed chair of Inorganic Chemistry at Imperial College, London where he worked on the complexes of transition metals.

Well known for Wilkinson's catalyst, used in the hydrogenation of alkenes and for discovering the structure of ferrocene, he was also awarded a Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on organometallic compounds in 1973. He died in 1996, aged 75.


Contact and Further Information

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