NEW YORK, October 5 Dr. George M. Whitesides, the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University, accepted the inaugural Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences, on September 30, 2009, at an afternoon ceremony at Harvard University's Pfizer Lecture Hall in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.
The prize, given biennially by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, recognizes exceptional and original research in a selected area of chemistry that has advanced the field in major ways. Conferred this first year in materials chemistry, the prize consists of a monetary award of $250,000one of the largest awards dedicated to the chemical sciences in the U.S.a citation and a medal.
"I'm particularly pleased and honored by this award from the Dreyfus Foundation. Its work in raising public awareness of chemistry is helping to educate young people about the transformative power of this science," said George Whitesides. "Chemistry has the opportunity of a century to do something profound for society. The whole area of materials chemistry, including challenges in energy, water, conservation, sustainability - commodity infrastructure - is up to us, as chemists, to work through."
After opening remarks by Michael Smith, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, Henry C. Walter, President of the Dreyfus Foundation, reviewed the history of the Dreyfus brothers, chemists who founded the Celanese Corporation, and then presented the award. Marye Anne Fox, Chancellor of the University of California, San Diego, and Chair of the Dreyfus Scientific Affairs Committee, introduced Dr. Whitesides.
Whitesides has had a major and sustained impact in the chemical sciences and materials chemistry. One of the most innovative and prolific chemists of our time and the most highly cited living chemist in the world, he has developed powerful methods for the creation of new material
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