George A. Olah Award in Hydrocarbon or Petroleum Chemistry

Sponsor: George A. Olah Award Endowment

Purpose: To recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding research achievements in hydrocarbon or petroleum chemistry.

Nature: The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. Up to $2,500 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 nominee must be a resident of the United States or Canada and have accomplished outstanding research in the chemistry of hydrocarbons or petroleum and its products. Special consideration will be given to independence of thought and originality.

Deadline: November 1 (annual review).

Establishment & Support: Since 1997, the award, under the above title, has been supported through a fund initially created by donations from the Morris S. Smith Foundation and the Dow Chemical Co. No awards were presented in 1974 and 1975. The Amoco Foundation sponsored the award from 1986 to 1994. The Lubrizol Corp. sponsored the award from 1976 to 1985. The award was established in 1948 as the ACS Award in Petroleum Chemistry and was sponsored by the Precision Scientific Co. until 1973.

Contact Information

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2021: Michael M. Haley

2020: Harold H. Kung

2019: Chunshan Song

2018: Oliver C. Mullins

2017: Robert H. Grubbs

2016: Mieczyslaw M. Boduszynski

2015: Jingguang G. Chen

2014: Robert G. Bergman

2013: Alexis T. Bell

2012: James A. Dumesic

2011: Lawrence T. Scott

2010: Peter C. Stair

2009: Cynthia M. Friend

2008: Israel E. Wachs

2007: Bruce E. Koel

2006: G.K. Surya Prakash

2005: Enrique Iglesia

2004: Michael Siskin

2003: Peter J. Stang

2002: Gary B. McVicker

2001: Francisco Zaera

2000: James F. Haw

1999: John E. Bercaw

1998: Arthur R. Goldsby

1997: Roby Bearden, Jr.

1996: Jack H. Lunsford

1995: John M. Prausnitz

1994: Teh Fu Yen

1993: Bruce C. Gates

1992: Wolfgang M. H. Sachtler

1991: David M. Grant

1990: Robert K. Grasselli

1989: Thomas Aczel

1988: Werner O. Haag

1987: W. Keith Hall

1986: Frederick G. Bordwell

1985: Edward M. Arnett

1984: Cheves Walling

1983: Robert L. Burwell, Jr.

1982: Irving Wender

1981: Herman Pines

1980: William A. Pryor

1979: Robert L. Banks

1978: Ellis K. Fields

1977: Sidney W. Benson

1976: John H. Sinfelt

1973: Joe W. Hightower

1972: Paul G. Gassman

1971: Gerasimos J. Karabatsos

1970: Lloyd R. Snyder

1969: Alan Schriesheim

1968: Keith U. Ingold

1967: Andrew Streitwieser, Jr.

1966: James Wei

1965: Glen A. Russell

1964: George A. Olah

1963: John P. McCullough

1962: Harold Hart

1961: George S. Hammond

1960: Robert W. Taft, Jr.

1959: George C. Pimentel

1958: Robert P. Eischens

1957: C. Gardner Swain

1956: Milburn J. O'Neal, Jr.

1955: Frank Ciapetta

1954: Arthur P. Lien

1953: Robert W. Schiessler

1952: Vladimir Haensel

1951: Louis Schmerling

1950: Kenneth S. Pitzer

1949: Bruce H. Sage

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2019 recipient Chunshan Song (center) is presented his award by John E. Adams, ACS Board of Directors (right), and Bonnie A. Charpentier, ACS President (left).
Photo by Loris Guzzetta/ACS