Arthur C. Cope Award

Sponsor: The Arthur C. Cope Fund

Purpose: To recognize outstanding achievement in the field of organic chemistry, the significance of which has become apparent within the five years preceding the year in which the award will be considered.

Nature: The award consists of $25,000, a medallion with a presentation box, and a certificate. Up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the spring national meeting at which the award will be presented and to the fall national meeting to deliver an award address will be reimbursed. The medallion will be presented during the award address.

An unrestricted grant-in-aid of $150,000 for research in organic chemistry, under the direction of the recipient, designated as an Arthur C. Cope Fund Grant, will be made to any university or nonprofit institution selected by the recipient. A recipient may choose to assign the Arthur C. Cope Fund Grant to an institution for use by others for research or education in organic chemistry.

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.

Deadline: November 1 (annual review).

Establishment & Support: In 1972, the ACS Board of Directors accepted responsibility for administering an award created under the terms of the will of Arthur C. Cope.

Contact Information

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


2017 Carolyn R. Bertozzi

2016 Eric N. Jacobsen

2015 Paul A. Wender

2014 Stuart L. Schreiber

2013 Stephen L. Buchwald

2012 Chi-Huey Wong

2011 Nicholas J. Turro

2010 Kendall N. Houk

2009 Manfred T. Reetz

2008 James F. Stoddart

2007 Jean M. J.FrÉchet

2006 Peter G. Schultz

2005 K.C. Nicolaou

2004 Barry M. Trost

2003 Larry E. Overman

2002 Robert H. Grubbs

2001 George A. Olah

2000 David A. Evans

1999 Ralph F. Hirschmann

1998 Samuel J. Danishefsky

1997 Ryoji Noyori

1996 Robert G. Bergman

1995 George M. Whitesides

1994 John D. Roberts

1993 Peter B. Dervan

1992 K. Barry Sharpless

1991 Gerhard L. Closs

1990 Koji Nakanishi

1989 William S. Johnson

1988 Kenneth B. Wiberg

1987 Ronald Breslow

1986 Duilio Arigoni

1984 Albert J. Eschenmoser

1982 Frank H. Westheimer

1980 Gilbert J. Stork

1978 Orville L. Chapman

1976 Elias J. Corey

1974 Donald J. Cram

1973 Roald Hoffmann and Robert B. Woodward

2016 recipient Eric N. Jacobsen (center) is presented his award by Pat N. Confalone, ACS Board of Director (right) and Donna J. Nelson, ACS President (left).