Celebrating excellence in Analytical Science
Closing date for nominations is Friday 25 August 2023
The 'L S Theobald Award' is made in memory of Leslie Stuart Theobald (1898-1979) who was a Lecturer/Reader in Analytical Chemistry at Imperial College from 1925 until his retirement in 1963. A brief biography is available on the Royal Society of Chemistry website. Nominations for the award are invited annually.
The award is made to someone who has demonstrated a significant contribution to the development or application of analytical chemistry/analytical science.
The Analytical Methods Trust (AMT) provides an honorarium of £1000, together with a certificate and covers reasonable expenses incurred in presenting the award lecture.
The award is open to all academic, public service and industrial scientists resident in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. It is not a requirement that the recipient should be a member of the RSC or have contributed directly to the work of the Analytical Methods Committee (AMC) or its Expert Working Groups. Trustees of the AMT are not eligible for nomination.
Examples of contributions to analytical science relevant to the award include (but are not limited to): the development of methods of analysis and/or sampling relevant to ensuring human and environment health, the application of novel or existing analytical methods to new fields, significant improvement to methods in routine use, procedures that validate and evaluate analytical methods, the quality of analytical results and contributions towards international collaborations.
Career breaks will be taken into consideration, and nominations are encouraged for those whose career has spanned a break due to caring responsibilities or personal circumstances e.g. a period of parental/adoption leave, family commitments, illness, or other exceptional circumstances.
When nominating previous RSC prize winners, please remember that a person cannot be awarded twice for substantially the same body of work.
Nomination procedure for the L S Theobald Lectureship
Candidates are not permitted to nominate themselves. Trustees of the Analytical Methods Trust are not eligible for nomination.
Nominations must include:
A one-page CV for the nominee which should include a summary of the nominees education, career publications (including total numbers of publications and patents) and the name of an independent referee.
A one-page supporting statement identifying the nominee’s contribution to analytical chemistry/analytical science.
Nominations should be submitted via email to Ian Lumley, Secretary of the Analytical Methods Trust.
The Analytical Methods Trust (AMT), or a sub-committee appointed by the AMT to make a recommendation, will make the final decision on the award. No person associated with a nomination will be permitted to participate in the consideration or decision-making process for the award.
Presentation of the Theobald Award lecture
The recipient of the LS Theobald Award is normally required to present an award lecture, usually in association with a meeting of the Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Methods Committee or of the RSC Analytical Science Community’s Groups and Regions.
Previous winners and their Theobald Lectures where available.
- 2022 - P Potts
- 2021 - T Fearn
- 2019 - L Burgio
- 2016 - R Brown
- 2014 - S Hill
- 2012 - M Ramsey
- 2010 - M Sargent
- 2008 - S L R Ellison
- 2006 - M Thompson
- 2005 - M J Milchard
- 2004 - R Wood
- 2003 - C Burgess
- 2002 - I M McRobbie
- 2000 - J D R Thomas
- 1998 - D C M Squirrell
- 1996 - B J Birch
- 1995 - P G W Cobb
- 1991 - J A W Dalziel
- 1987 - R A Chalmers
- 1985 - E Bishop
Certifying geological reference materials using GeoPT proficiency testing
2022 - Phil Potts, Open University
What exactly does a museum scientist do?
2018 - Lucia Burgio, Victoria and Albert Museum
Measuring airborne nanoparticles, and related topics
2016 - Richard Brown, NPL
Arsenic, food and DNA –is there a link?
2014 – Steve Hill, University of Plymouth
Sampling: often the source of most uncertainty in analytical measurements
2012 - Michael Ramsey, University of Sussex
Lessons to be learnt from twenty-five years of analytical quality assurance, measurement uncertainty and metrological traceability
2010 - Mike Sargent, LGC
Measurements for Regulation: The Roles of Analytical Quality and Measurement Uncertainty
2008 - Steve Ellison, LGC Ltd, UK
In the Final Analysis
2006 - Michael Thompson, Birkbeck College
2005 - Michael Milchard
Recent Quality Assurance Initiatives for the Analysis Laboratory - are we on the right path?
2004 - Roger Wood, Food Standards Agency
Trust but always Verify: Best practices in spectrophotometric measurement
2003 - Chris Burgess, Burgess Consultancy