Spiers Memorial Award

The Spiers Memorial Award is presented in recognition of an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of a Faraday Discussion.

Faraday Discussions are unique international discussion meetings that focus on rapidly developing areas of chemistry and its interfaces with other scientific disciplines. Each one is opened by an introductory lecturer who sets the scene for the discussion.

The Spiers Memorial Award is presented once a year to the introductory lecturers who are likely to provide the most stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to the discussion.

2014 Winners

Professor Pulickel M. Ajayan

Spiers Memorial Award 2014 Winner

Professor Pulickel M. Ajayan, Rice University

Professor Fred Wudl

Spiers Memorial Award 2014 Winner

Professor Fred Wudl, University of California, Santa Barbara

General information

  • Run annually
  • Award winner receives 2000, a medal and a certificate which will be presented at the conference dinner of the Faraday Discussion in which the winner is speaking
  • Nominations can only be made by the Scientific Committees of the Faraday Discussion meetings in each year and nominees are the Introductory Lecturer from each Discussion
  • Award winner will be chosen by the Faraday Division Awards Committee

Previous Winners

Previous winners

A list of previous recipients of the Spiers Memorial Award, previously called the Spiers Memorial Lectureship, and their lecture titles.

History of the Award

This award is to commemorate Frederick S Spiers, born 21 October 1875, best known for his work as Secretary of the Faraday Society, which he helped to found in 1902. 

During the first World War, he stimulated the formation of a Nitrogen Products Committee of the Faraday Society. As a result of the reports of this Committee, in part drafted by Mr Spiers, important research was carried out by the Munitions Inventions Department. He also organised for the British Sciences Guild the successful exhibitions of British Science Products in 1917 and 1918. For his work in connection with the war he received the Order of the British Empire. 

Mr Spiers was keenly interested in all forms of applied arts and at one time was engaged in the production of decorative metal work by electrodeposition. The Gold Medal and Diploma of the Franco-British Exhibition held in 1908 was awarded for some of this work. When war broke out he devoted his work to munitions. He was also a keen talmudical scholar and his love for music amounted almost to a passion.  

Trans. Faraday Soc. , 1926, 22, 207
DOI: 10.1039/TF9262200207

Faraday Division Awards Committee

  • Graham Hutchings (Chair), University of Cardiff 
  • Tuomas Knowles, University of Cambridge
  • Marina Kuimova, Imperial College London
  • Edman Tsang, University of Oxford
  • Andrew Orr-Ewing, University of Bristol
  • Ali Zarbakhsh, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Bernard Binks, University of Hull 

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