Sir Derek Barton Gold Medal

The Sir Derek Barton Gold Medal recognises work in any area of organic chemistry which reflects the many diverse interests associated with Sir Derek.

2018 Winner

Professor Samuel Danishefsky

2018 Sir Derek Barton Gold Medal Winner

Professor Samuel Danishefsky, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Columbia University

General information

  • Run biennially - NOT OPEN for 2019 nominations 
  • Award winner receives 2000, a medal and a certificate, presented at a special dinner and ceremony
  • Award winner will be chosen by the Barton Award Selection Panel and overseen by the Organic 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
  • Nominees should be 60 or over at the closing date of nominations 
  • 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 

Sir Derek Barton Gold Medal Sub-Committee

  • Chris Willis, University of Bristol
  • Anthony Barrett, Imperial College London
  • William Motherwell, University College London 
  • Samir Zard, CNRS-Ecole Polytechnique
  • Pat Guiry, University College Dublin  

Organic Division Awards Committee

  • Chris Willis, University of Bristol (Chair)
  • John Murphy, University of Strathclyde
  • Elaine O'Reilly, The University of Nottingham
  • David Procter, The University of Manchester
  • Steven Marsden, University of Leeds
  • Andrew C Williams, Eli Lilly and Company Limited  

Previous Winners

Sir Derek Barton Gold Medal Previous Winners

2002 - present

History of the Award

Sir Derek Barton
This award was established in 2001 to commemorate the life and work of Sir Derek Barton who died in 1998.

After the development of a new technique of conformational analysis, which gave rise to an entirely new branch of chemistry, and his work on the conformation of the steroid nucleus, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1969.  

He was knighted in 1976 and, rather than facing retirement in the UK at 65, he moved to CNRS, Paris, and then to Texas A&M University, where he worked until the day of his death at age 80.

To celebrate Sir Derek's unique approach to his work, this award is made to a chemist 60 years of age or older.

The award is presented at a special dinner and ceremony held in London which, as specifically requested by Sir Derek in his bequest to the RSC, should include only the finest food and wines.

Contact and Further Information

Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0)1223 420066