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.

2019 Winners

Professor Matthias Beller

2019 Spiers Memorial Award Winner

Professor Matthias Beller, Leibniz-Institute for Catalysis

Professor Naomi Halas

2019 Spiers Memorial Award Winner

Professor Naomi Halas, Rice University

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

Faraday Division Awards Committee

  • Claire Vallance, University of Oxford (Chair)
  • Steven Lee, University of Cambridge
  • Julia Weinstein, University of Sheffield
  • Maciej Gutowski, Heriot-Watt University
  • Artem Bakulin, Imperial College London
  • Graham Hutchings, Cardiff University
  • Klaas Wynne, University of Glasgow        

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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