The Perkin Prize for Organic Chemistry was established in 2008. Between 2008 and 2020, this was awarded for sustained originality and achievement in research in any area of organic chemistry.
The prize is named after Sir William Henry Perkin (1838-1907), most famous for inventing the first aniline dye, mauveine. He was 18 at the time of the discovery and achieved this in the garden shed of his parents' home in Cable Street, Stepney, East London.
In 2020, as part of a series of changes introduced following an independent review of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s recognition programmes, this prize evolved to one of our new Horizon Prizes, the Perkin Prize for Physical Organic Chemistry, which recognises significant recent novel discoveries or advances made in the field of physical organic chemistry.