Previous winners


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

Spiers Lectures 2000-

48th Spiers Memorial Lecture - Urs Baltensperger

Delivered in 2016 on ’Chemistry in the urban atmosphere’ 



47th Spiers Memorial Lecture - Avelino Corma

Delivered in 2016 on ’Heterogeneous catalysis: understanding the fundamentals for catalyst design’ 



46th Spiers Memorial Lecture - A. Paul Alivisatos

Delivered in 2015 on ’New tools for observing the growth and assembly of colloidal inorganic nanocrystals’ 



45th Spiers Memorial Lecture - Fred Wudl

Delivered in 2014 on ’Organic electronics: an organic materials perspective’



44th Spiers Memorial Lecture - Pulickel M. Ajayan

Delivered in 2014 on ’Advances of carbon nanomaterials’



43rd Spiers Memorial Lecture - Joseph Wang

Delivered in 2013 on ’Template electrodeposition of catalytic nanomotors’



42nd Spiers Memorial Lecture - Daan Frenkel

Delivered in 2012 on ’Effect of interaction specificity on the phase behaviour of patchy particles’



41st Spiers Memorial Lecture: Masatake Haruta

Delivered in 2011 on "Role of perimeter interfaces in catalysis by gold nanoparticles"



40th Spiers Memorial Lecture: Roger Tsien

Delivered in 2010 on "Breeding and building molecular spies"



39th Spiers Memorial Lecture: Rudy Marcus

Delivered in 2009 on "Interplay of theory and computation in chemistry-examples from on-water organic catalysis, enzyme catalysis, and single-molecule fluctuations"



38th Spiers Memorial Lecture: Pavel Jungwirth

Delivered in 2008 on "Ions at aqueous interfaces"



37th Spiers Memorial Lecture: Lia Addadi

Delivered in 2007 on "Lessons from biomineralization: comparing the growth strategies of mollusc shell prismatic and nacreous layers in Atrina rigida"



36th Spiers Memorial Lecture: Roy McWeeny

Delivered in 2006 on "Quantum chemistry: The first seventy years"



35th Spiers Memorial Lecture: James R. Heath

Delivered in 2005 on "Molecular mechanics and molecular electronics"



34th Spiers Memorial Lecture: Geraldine L. Richmond

Delivered in 2004 on "Recent experimental advances in studies of liquid/liquid interfaces"



33rd Spiers Memorial Lecture: Bruce E. Bursten

Delivered in 2003 on "The quantum chemistry of d- and f-element complexes: From an approximate existence to functional happiness"



32nd Spiers Memorial Lecture: Gerhard Ertl

Delivered in 2002 on "Dynamics of surface reactions"



31st Spiers Memorial Lecture: R. E. Miller

Delivered in 2001 on "Comparative studies of cluster dynamics in the gas and condensed phases"



30th Spiers Memorial Lecture: Adam Heller

Delivered in 2000 on "On the hypothesis of cathodic protection of genes"


Spiers Lectures 1980-1999

29th Spiers Memorial Lecture: John P. Simons

Delivered in 1999 on "Stereochemistry and control in molecular reaction dynamics"



28th Spiers Memorial Lecture: William H. Miller

Delivered in 1998 on "Quantum and semiclassical theory of chemical reaction rates"



27th Spiers Memorial Lecture: Joshua Jortner

Delivered in 1997 on "Dynamics: from isolated molecules to biomolecules"



26th Spiers Memorial Lecture: C. Bradley Moore

Delivered in 1995 on "State-resolved studies of unimolecular reactions"



25th Spiers Memorial Lecture: J. Harris

Delivered in 1993 on "Some remarks on surface reactions"



24th Spiers Memorial Lecture: A. Dalgarno

Delivered in 1992 on "The chemistry of astronomical environments"



23rd Spiers Memorial Lecture: John C. Polanyi

Delivered in 1987 on "The dynamics of elementary reactions"



22nd Spiers Memorial Lecture: James A. Morrison

Delivered in 1985 on "The gas-solid interface"



21st Spiers Memorial Lecture: Charles S. Parmenter

Delivered in 1983 on "Vibrational redistribution within excited electronic states of polyatomic molecules"



20th Spiers Memorial Lecture: K. M. Evenson

Delivered in 1981 on "Far-infrared laser magnetic resonance"


Spiers Lectures 1960-1979

19th Spiers Memorial Lecture: Peter A. Egelstaff

Delivered in 1978 on "Structure and dynamics of diatomic molecular fluids"



18th Spiers Memorial Lecture: Dudley R. Herschbach

Delivered in 1977 on "Potential energy surface for bond exchange among three hydrogen molecules"



17th Spiers Memorial Lecture: R. P. Bell

Delivered in 1975 on "The development of ideas about proton transfer reactions"



16th Spiers Memorial Lecture: G. G. Hall

Delivered in 1972 on "Molecular ionization and molecular theory"



15th Spiers Memorial Lecture: Paul J. Flory

Delivered in 1970 on "Thermodynamics of polymer solutions"



14th Spiers Memorial Lecture: G. S. Rushbrooke

Delivered in 1967 on "Structural theories of fluids"



13th Spiers Memorial Lecture: H. C. Longuet-Higgins

Delivered in 1965 on "Intermolecular forces"



12th Spiers Memorial Lecture: G. Herzberg

Delivered in 1963 on "Determination of the structures of simple polyatomic molecules and radicals in electronically excited states"



11th Spiers Memorial Lecture: H. Bloom

Delivered in 1961 on "Structural models for molten salts and their mixtures"


Spiers Lectures before 1960

10th Spiers Memorial Lecture: Th. Forster

Delivered in 1959 on "Transfer mechanisms of electronic excitation"



9th Spiers Memorial Lecture: Herbert S. Harned

Delivered in 1957 on "Some recent experimental studies of diffusion in liquid systems"



8th Spiers Memorial Lecture: Torsten Teorell

Delivered in 1956 on "Transport phenomena in membranes"



7th Spiers Memorial Lecture: Joel H. Hildebrand

Delivered in 1953 on "Models and molecules"



6th Spiers Memorial Lecture: John T. Edsall

Delivered in 1952 on "The molecular shapes of certain proteins and some of their interactions with other substances"



5th Spiers Memorial Lecture: Hugh S. Taylor

Delivered in 1950 on "Catalysis: retrospect and prospect"



4th Spiers Memorial Lecture: William Thomas Astbury

Delivered in 1938 on "X-ray adventures among the proteins"



3rd Spiers Memorial Lecture: Sir William H. Bragg

Delivered in 1934 on "Molecule Planning"



2nd Spiers Memorial Lecture: Robert Ludwig Mond

Delivered in 1931 on "Michael Faraday"



1st Spiers Memorial Lecture: Sir Oliver Lodge

Delivered in 1929 on "Some Debatable Problems in Physics"