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OUTSTANDING PAPER AWARD

  • Award Committee and Guidelines for Award Committee

    For Paper Published
    in Years
    Year of the Award Author(s) Affiliation at Time of Award Title Reference
    2012, 2013, 2014 2014 Amy Bix Iowa State University Chemistry of Cooking, Chemistry in War: Women in
    Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Land-Grant Science and Engineering
    Bull. Hist. Chem. 38(2), (2013), 132-139.
    2011, 2012, 2013 2013 Stephen J. Weininger Worcester Polytechnic Institute Chemistry for the “Industrial Classes:” Laboratory Instruction,
    Mass Education and Women's Experience in Mid-Western Land-Grant Colleges, 1870-1914
    Bull. Hist. Chem. 38(2), (2013), 97-108.
    2010, 2011, 2012 2012 Nicholas Zumbulyadis Independent Scholar Böttger's Eureka! New Insights into the European Reinvention of Porcelain Bull. Hist. Chem. 35(1), (2010), 24-32.
    Picture of N. Zumbulyadis with Award, presented at Rochester Section
    of the American Chemical Society Annual Award Dinner on October 10, 2013
    2009, 2010, 2011 2011 William B. Jensen University of Cincinnati Physical Chemistry Before Ostwald: The Textbooks of Josiah Parsons Cooke Bull. Hist. Chem. 36(1), (2011), 10-21.
    2008, 2009, 2010 2010 David E. Lewis University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire Feuding Rule Makers: Aleksandr Mikhailovish Zaitsev (1841-1910)
    and Vladimir Vasil'evich Markovnikov (1838-1904)
    Bull. Hist. Chem. 35(2), (2010), 115-124.
    2007, 2008, 2009 2009* Ute Deichmann Leo Baeck Institute London and
    Institute of Genetics, University of Cologne, Germany
    “Molecular” versus “Colloidal”:
    Controversies in Biology and Biochemistry, 1900-1940
    Bull. Hist. Chem. 32(2), (2007), 105-118.
    2005, 2006, 2007 2008 Clarence J. Murphy East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania Charles James, B. Smith Hopkins, and the Tangled Web of Element 61 Bull. Hist. Chem. 31(1), (2006), 9-18.
    2004, 2005, 2006 2007 Patricia Swain School teacher (retired) Bernard Courtois (1777-1838), Famed for Discovering Iodine (1811), and His Life in Paris from 1798 Bull. Hist. Chem. 30(2), (2005), 103-111.
    2003, 2004, 2005 2006 Lyman R. Caswell Independent Scholar Andres del Rio, Alexander von Humboldt, and the Twice-Discovered Element Bull. Hist. Chem. 28(1), (2003), 35-41.
    2002, 2003, 2004 2005 Kaji Masanori Tokyo Institute of Technology D. I. Mendeleev's Concept of the Chemical Elements and The Principles of Chemistry Bull. Hist. Chem. 27(1), (2002), 4-16.
      2004*        
    2001, 2002, 2003 2003 James L. Marshall and Virginia R. Marshall University of North Texas Ernest Rutherford, the "True Discoverer" of Radon Bull. Hist. Chem. 28 (2003), 76-83.
    2000, 2001, 2002 2002 Vladmir Karpenko Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic Die Edelgeborne Jungfer Alchymia: The Final Stage Of European Alchemy Bull. Hist. Chem. 25 (2000), 50-63.
    1999, 2000, 2001 2001 Mordecai Rubin Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel The History of Ozone. The Schönbein Period, 1839-1868 Bull. Hist. Chem. 26 (2001), 40-56.
    1998, 1999, 2000 2000 Helge Kragh and Malene M. Bak History of Science Department, Aarhus University, Denmark Christopher H. Pfaff and the Controversy Over Voltaic Electricity Bull. Hist. Chem. 25 (2000), 83-90.
    1997, 1998, 1999 1999 Louis Rosenfeld New York University School of Medicine Otto Folin and Donald Van Slike: Pioneers of Clinical Chemistry Bull. Hist. Chem. No. 24 (1999), 40-47.
    1996, 1997, 1998 1998 Martin D. Saltzman Providence College Thomas Martin Lowry and the Mixed Multiple Bond Bull. Hist. Chem. No. 20 (1997), 10-17.
    1995, 1996, 1997 1997 David E. Lewis South Dakota State University Aleksandr Mikhailovich Zaitzev (1841-1910): Markovnikov's Conservative Contemporary Bull. Hist. Chem. No. 17-18 (1995), 21-30.
    1994, 1995, 1996 1996 David J. Rhees The Bakken Library and Museum of Electricity in Life, Minneapolis The Chemists' War:The Impact of World War I on the American Chemical Profession Bull. Hist. Chem. No. 13-14 (1992-1993), 40- 47.
    1993, 1994, 1995 1995 Kenneth L. Caneva University of North Carolina at Greensboro Robert Mayer and the Conservation of Matter Bull. Hist. Chem. No. 13-14 (1992-1993), 27-29.
    1992, 1993, 1994 1994 Leonello Paoloni University of Polermo, Italy Stereochemical Models of Benzene, 1869 - 1875 Bull. Hist. Chem. No. 12 (1992), 10-24.
    1991, 1992, 1993 1993 June Z. Fullmer and Melvyn C. Usselman Ohio State University (JZF) and University of Western Ontario (MCU) Faraday's Election to the Royal Society: A Reputation in Jeopardy Bull. Hist. Chem. No. 11 (1991), 17- 28.
    1990, 1991, 1992 1992 Alan J. Rocke Case Western reserve University "Between Two Stools": Kolbe, Kopp, and the History of Chemistry Bull. Hist. Chem. No. 7 (1990), 19- 24.
    1989, 1990, 1991 1991 Denis Quane East Texas State University The Reception of Hydrogen Bonding by the Chemical Community: 1920-1937 Bull. Hist. Chem. No. 7 (1990), 3-13.
    1988, 1989, 1990 1990 Reynold E. Holmen 3M Company (retired) Kasimir Fajans (1887-1974): The Man and His Work. Part I: Europe. Part II: America. Bull. Hist. Chem. No.4 (1989), 15-23; No. 6 (1990), 7-15.
    1987, 1988, 1989 1989 James J. Bohning Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre PA The 1893 World's Congress of Chemists: A Center of Crystallization in a Molecular Melange Bull. Hist. Chem. No. 3 (1989), 16-21.
    1986, 1987, 1988 1988 Jeffrey L. Sturchio Center for History of Chemistry, Philadelphia, PA. Charles Frederick Chandler (1836 - 1925) and the American Chemical Society Book of Abstracts, 193rd National Meeting, American Chemical Society, Denver, CO, 5 April - 10 April 1987; Abstract HIST 7.
    1985, 1986, 1987 1987 Grant Urry Department of Chemistry, Tufts University Herman Irving Schlesinger: The Man, His Chemistry, and His Impact Upon the Department of Chemistry at Chicago Book of Abstracts, 190th National Meeting, American Chemical Society, Chicago, IL, 8 September - 13 September 1985; Abstract HIST 26.
    1984, 1985, 1986 1986 Carleton A. Sperati Chemical Engineering Department, Ohio University, Athens, OH Recent Developments in PTFE Resins  
    1983, 1984, 1985 1985 John J. Luecken and J. P. Ferrin Monsanto Company, Rubber Chemicals Division, Akron, OH Historical Development of Rubber Chemicals Book of Abstracts, 188th National Meeting, American Chemical Society, Philadelphia, PA, 26 August - 31August 1984; Abstract HIST 34.
    1982, 1983, 1984 1984 M. Christine King Department of Chemistry, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario Chemical Explanations: Free Radicals in the Development of Reaction Mechanisms Book of Abstracts, 186th National Meeting, American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 28 August - 2 September 1983; Abstract ORGN 261.

    * From 1984-2003, the Outstanding Paper Award was designated with the year prior to the year of its presentation. For example, in 2004, James L. Marshall and Virginia R. Marshall (University of North Texas) received the OPA for the best paper published in The Bulletin in the three year period 2001-2003. James L. Marshall's and Virginia R. Marshall's award plaques were dated 2003, the year before they actually received the award but the last year of the three years of the paper's eligibility period. To minimize any possible confusion, in HIST's listing of Outstanding Paper awardees, all awards from 2005 onwards are designated by the year in which the award was actually presented.
    In 2009 we went back to the previous policy - the award is designated with the year prior to the year of its presentation. Therefore the * designation for 2004 indicates a modification in the manner in which the OPAs are tabulated, not a year in which an award was not given. The * for 2009 indicates when we went back to the previous policy.