Jump to content

Welch Award in Chemistry

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Welch Award in Chemistry is awarded annually by the Robert A. Welch Foundation, based in Houston, Texas, to encourage and recognise basic chemical research for the benefit of mankind. [1] The award, which has been given since 1972, is one of the largest and most prestigious awards in the field of chemistry.[2] Several of its recipients subsequently were awarded the Nobel Prize.[3][4][5][6][7]

The award is named in honor of Robert Alonzo Welch, who made a fortune in oil and minerals and had a strong belief in the ability of chemistry to make the world a better place. In his will, Mr. Welch stated: “I have long been impressed with the great possibilities for the betterment of Mankind that lay in the field of research in the domain of Chemistry.” [8] The prize has a value of $500,000.[9]


Source: Welch Foundation

Year Recipient
1972 Karl August Folkers, The University of Texas at Austin
1974 Albert Eschenmoser, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
1976 Neil Bartlett, University of California, Berkeley
1978 Edgar Bright Wilson, Harvard University
1980 Sune Bergström, Karolinska Institute
1981 Paul Doughty Bartlett, Texas Christian University
1982 Frank Westheimer, Harvard University
1983 Henry Taube, Stanford University
1984 Kenneth Pitzer, University of California, Berkeley
1985 Duilio Arigoni, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
1986 George C. Pimentel, University of California, Berkeley
1987 Harry George Drickamer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1988 Richard Barry Bernstein, University of California, Los Angeles
1989 Norman R. Davidson, California Institute of Technology
1990 John D. Roberts, California Institute of Technology
1990 William von Eggers Doering, Harvard University
1991 Earl R. Stadtman, National Institutes of Health
1991 Edwin G. Krebs, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Washington
1992 Richard Smalley, Rice University
1993 Gilbert Stork, Columbia University
1994 Jack Halpern, The University of Chicago
1994 F. Albert Cotton, Texas A&M University
1995 Jeremy R. Knowles, Harvard University
1995 Robert H. Abeles, Brandeis University
1996 Koji Nakanishi, Columbia University
1997 Ahmed Zewail, California Institute of Technology
1998 Pierre Chambon, College de France
1999 Richard Zare, Stanford University
2000 A. Ian Scott, Texas A&M University
2000 Sir Alan R. Battersby, Cambridge University
2001 Roger D. Kornberg, Stanford University
2002 Harden M. McConnell, Stanford University
2003 Ronald Breslow, Columbia University
2004 Allen J. Bard, The University of Texas at Austin
2005 George M. Whitesides, Harvard University
2006 Daniel E. Koshland, Jr., University of California, Berkeley
2007 William H. Miller, University of California, Berkeley
2007 Noel S. Hush, University of Sydney
2008 Alexander Rich, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2009 Harry B. Gray, California Institute of Technology
2010 JoAnne Stubbe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
Christopher T. Walsh, Harvard Medical School
2011 John S. Waugh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2012 David A. Evans, Harvard University
2013 Louis E. Brus, Columbia University
2014 Robert G. Bergman, University of California, Berkeley
2015 Stephen C. Harrison, Harvard Medical School
2016 Richard H. Holm, Harvard University;
Stephen J. Lippard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2017 John B. Goodenough, University of Texas at Austin
2018 Adriaan Bax, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
2019 Armand Paul Alivisatos, University of California Berkeley;
Charles M. Lieber, Harvard University
2020 Steven L. McKnight, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
2021 Chi-Huey Wong, The Scripps Research Institute
2022 Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Stanford University
2023 Jacqueline Barton, California Institute of Technology

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Welch Award in Chemistry". Welch Foundation. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Zare receives prestigious Welch Award for lifetime achievement in chemistry". news.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  3. ^ "Cocrystal Pharma Announces Appointment of Nobel Laureate and Scientific Advisor, Roger D. Kornberg, Ph.D., to Board of Directors". www.cocrystalpharma.com. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  4. ^ Britto, Brittany (2019-10-09). "UT professor John B. Goodenough awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry". HoustonChronicle.com. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  5. ^ "(IUCr) R.E. Smalley". www.iucr.org. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  6. ^ Shwartz, Mark (2005-11-17). "Henry Taube, recipient of Nobel Prize in chemistry, dead at 89". Stanford University. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  7. ^ "Zewail, Ahmed H." history.aip.org. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  8. ^ "Foundation Overview". www.welch1.org. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  9. ^ "Welch Award in Chemistry". www.welch1.org. Retrieved 2020-12-01.