Priestley Medal

Award at a Glance

Recipient Industry, Faculty, Chemistry Professional, International
Category National Awards
AmountGold medallion + up to $2,500 expenses
DeadlineNovember 1, 2023


To recognize distinguished services to chemistry.


The award consists of a gold medallion designed to commemorate the work of Joseph Priestley, a presentation box, and a certificate. Up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed.


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. The medal may be awarded not only to members of the Society but also to non-members and to representatives of any nation. Members of the ACS Board of Directors are ineligible to receive this award.


November 1 (Annual Review)

How to Apply

The nomination period is open from July 1 to November 1 annually. Learn more about submitting a nomination for the ACS National Awards.


Sponsored by the American Chemical Society


The award was established by the ACS in 1922.

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2024 Priestley Medal Recipient Carolyn Bertozzi
2024 Recipient Carolyn Bertozzi (Center) is Presented with Her Award by Mary K. Carroll, ACS President (Left), and Dorothy J. Phillips, ACS President-Elect (Right)
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