ACS Award for Creative Invention

Purpose: To recognize a single inventor for the successful application of research in chemistry and/or chemical engineering that contributes to the material prosperity and happiness of people.

Nature: The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. Up to $1,000 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed.

Eligibility: The award will be granted regardless of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, and educational background. A patent must have been granted for the work to be recognized, with the nominee listed as an inventor, and it will have been developed during the 17 years ending January 1, 2020. A copy of the patent must be submitted with the nominating documents.

Deadline: November 1 (annual review).

Establishment & Support: ACS Corporation Associates began sponsoring the award in 1975. The award was established in 1966 by the ACS Board of Directors through the efforts of the ACS Joint Board Council Committee on Patent Matters and Related Legislation.

Contact Information

Awards Office
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-4801
Phone: 202-872-4575
Fax: 202-776-8008


2021: Scott R. Culler

2020: Anil Kumar

2019: Jonathan L. Vennerstrom

2018: Robert S. Kania

2017: Richard B. Silverman

2016: Antonio Facchetti

2015: Jotham W. Coe

2014: Marvin H. Caruthers

2013: Timothy M. Swager

2012: Chad A. Mirkin

2011: Jeffrey C. Bricker

2010: David Walt

2009: Robert H. Grubbs

2008: Adam Heller

2007: Bruce Ganem

2006: Alan Davison

2005: Joseph M. DeSimone

2004: Andrew J. Ouderkirk

2003: Bruce D. Roth

2002: Roger Y. Tsien

2001: John D. Baldeschwieler

2000: Tamotsu Imai

1999: Bruce D. Dorsey, James P. Guare, Jr., M. Katharine Holloway, Randall W. Hungate, and Joseph P. Vacca

1998: Spencer F. Silver

1997: Rangaswamy Srinivasan

1996: Lothar H. Brixner

1995: Marinus Los

1994: Howard W. Jacobson

1993: Albert A. Carr

1992: David W. Cushman and Miguel A. Ondetti

1991: Frederick J. Karol

1990: C. F. Hammer

1989: George Levitt

1988: Samuel Smith

1987: Robert M. Morin

1986: Alfred Marzocchi

1985: Ralph Milkovich

1984: Edwin P. Plueddemann

1983: O.A. Battista

1982: William S. Knowles

1981: Roy L. Pruett

1980: Stephanie L. Kwolek

1979: Leo H. Sternbach

1978: LeGrand G. Van Uitert

1977: Herman A. Bruson

1976: Manuel M. Baizer

1975: James D. Idol, Jr.

1974: Charles C. Price

1973: Carl Djerassi

1972: H. Tracy Hall

1971: S. Donald Stookey

1970: Gordon K. Teal

1969: J. Paul Hogan

1968: William G. Pfann

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2019 recipient Jonathan L. Vennerstrom (center) is presented his award by sponsor representative, Robert J. Wolcik (right), and Bonnie A. Charpentier, ACS President (left).
Photo by Loris Guzzetta/ACS