The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation

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The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation is a New York City-based foundation founded in 1946 by chemist and investor Camille Dreyfus in honour of his brother, Henry Dreyfus.[1] The two men invented Celanese, and Henry Dreyfus was founder and chairman of British Celanese, parent of the Celanese Corporation of America.[2]

The foundation makes grants and awards prizes in support of chemistry research and education.[1][3][4][5][6]

In 2009, the foundation awarded the first Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences (a citation, a medal, and a monetary award of $250,000) to George M. Whitesides of Harvard University for his work in the field of materials chemistry.[7]

In 2011, the foundation awarded the second Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences to Tobin J. Marks of Northwestern University for his work in the field of catalysis.

In 2013, the foundation awarded the third Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences to R. Graham Cooks of Purdue University for this work in chemical instrumentation.

In 2015, the foundation awarded the fourth Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences to Krzysztof Matyjaszewski of Carnegie Mellon University for his work in polymer chemistry.[citation needed]

In 1971, the foundation sold a significant part of its holdings in the Celanese company.[8]


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  2. ^ Burkhart, Ford (March 2, 1997). "Henry B. Guthrie, 94, Lawyer (obituary)". The New York Times. Retrieved April 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Chemistry experts team up to predict pollutant reactions". Science Centric. February 12, 2008. Retrieved April 2, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ Phillips, Kathryn (July 23, 1990). "Young Faculty Angle For Funding Support". The Scientist. 1990, 4(15):22. Retrieved April 2, 2010. Then he won a $25000 no-strings-attached award specifically designed for startup funding from the New York-based Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. 
  5. ^ "Margaret-Ann Armour.(Distinction)(Brief Article)". Canadian Chemical News. Chemical Institute of Canada. October 1, 2003. Retrieved April 2, 2010. 
  6. ^ Hayhurst, Tracy (March 31, 2008). "Grant funds partnership to study pollutants.(News)". Waste News. Retrieved April 2, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Harvard chemist accepts Dreyfus Prize for Chemical Sciences". Cambridge Chronicle. October 3, 2009. Retrieved April 2, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Dreyfus Foundation Cuts Celanese Stake About 25%". The Wall Street Journal. June 24, 1971. Retrieved April 2, 2010. 

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