Garvan–Olin Medal

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Francis P. Garvan–John M. Olin Medal
Awarded for Given annually "to recognize distinguished service to chemistry by women chemists."
Date 1937 (1937)
Country U.S.A.
Presented by American Chemical Society

The Francis P. Garvan–John M. Olin Medal is an annual award that recognizes distinguished service to chemistry by women chemists. The Award is offered by the American Chemical Society (ACS), and consists of a cash prize (US$5,000) and a medal. The medal was designed by Margaret Christian Grigor.

Any individual may nominate a single eligible chemist in one year. Nominees must be a female citizen of the United States.

The award was established by Francis Garvan and Mabel Brady Garvan in 1936 in honor of their daughter. It was initially an essay contest, that ran for seven years, as a memorial to their daughter (the American Chemical Society's Prize Essay Contest). It was solely funded by the Francis P. Garvan Medal Endowment from its establishment in 1936 until 1979. W. R. Grace & Co. assumed co-sponsorship of the award from 1979 to 1983. In 1984, Olin Corporation assumed co-sponsorship. Mabel Brady Garvan remained involved with the Award through 1967.

The Garvan–Olin Award is the ACS' third-oldest award, and the first award established to honor women chemists.

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