ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Purpose: To recognize and encourage creative work in synthetic organic chemistry.

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: A nominee must have accomplished outstanding creative work in synthetic organic chemistry that has been published. 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.

Deadline: November 1 (annual review).

Establishment & Support: Aldrich Chemical Company, LLC, assumed sponsorship of the award in 1976. The Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Assoc. established the award in 1955. No award was given in 1977.

Contact Information

Awards Office

American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036-4801
Phone: (202) 872-4575
Fax: (202) 776-8008


2016 Scott J. Miller

2015 F. Dean Toste

2014 Amir H. Hoveyda

2013 Erick M. Carreira

2012 Gregory C. Fu

2011 David W. C. MacMillan

2010 Ei-ichi Negishi

2009 Hisashi Yamamoto

2008 Masakatsu Shibasaki

2007 Steven V. Ley

2006 Stephen L. Buchwald

2005 Chi-Huey Wong

2004 Tohru Fukuyama

2003 Scott E. Denmark

2002 Andrew G. Myers

2001 Eric N. Jacobsen

2000 Dennis P. Curran

1999 Dale L. Boger

1998 Paul A. Wender

1997 Amos B. Smith, III

1996 Teruaki Mukaiyama

1995 Larry E. Overman

1994 Stuart L. Schreiber

1993 K. C. Nicolaou

1992 Dieter Seebach

1991 Paul A. Grieco

1990 Clayton H. Heathcock

1989 Sir Derek H. R. Barton

1988 Robert E. Ireland

1987 Harry Wasserman

1986 Samuel J. Danishefsky

1985 Albert I. Meyers

1984 Leo A. Paquette

1983 K. Barry Sharpless

1982 David A. Evans

1981 Barry M. Trost

1980 Yoshito Kishi

1979 George A. Olah

1978 Satoru Masamune

1976 Franz Sondheimer

1975 Herbert O. House

1974 Edward C. Taylor

1973 George H. Buchi

1972 Bruce Merrifield

1971 Elias J. Corey

1970 Eugene E. van Tamelen

1969 H. Gobind Khorana

1968 Theodore L. Cairns

1967 Gilbert J. Stork

1966 William von E. Doering

1965 Donald J. Cram

1964 Lewis H. Sarett

1963 Nelson J. Leonard

1962 Charles R. Hauser

1961 Melvin S. Newman

1960 Herbert C. Brown

1959 John C. Sheehan

1958 William S. Johnson

1957 Robert B. Woodward

2016 recipient Scott J. Miller (center) is presented his award by sponsor representative, Scott Batcheller (right), and Donna J. Nelson, ACS President (left).