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.

2020 Winners

Professor Leigh Canham

2020 Spiers Memorial Award Winner

Professor Leigh Canham, University of Birmingham

Professor Klaus Müllen

2020 Spiers Memorial Award Winner

Professor Klaus Mullen, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research

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 

The RSC reserves the right to rescind any Prize or Award if there is reasonable grounds to do so. All nominators will be asked to confirm that, to the best of their knowledge, there is no confirmed or potential impediment to their nominee receiving this prize/award related to their professional standing. Our Professional Practice and Code of Conduct can be referred to as a guide on expected standards.

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Faraday Division Awards Committee

  • Claire Vallance, University of Oxford (Chair)
  • Artem Bakulin, Imperial College London
  • Klaas Wynne, University of Glasgow
  • Sam Stranks, University of Cambridge
  • Helen Fielding, University College London
  • Maria Sanz, King's College London

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

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