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The HIST award for the Outstanding Paper Award for 2013 has been awarded to Stephen J. Weininger. The award is presented to the author of the best paper published in the Bulletin for the History of Chemistry during the previous three years, 2011, 2012, 2013.

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Call for Nominations HIST Citations for Chemical Breakthrough Awards
The Division of History of Chemistry (HIST) calls for nominations for its Citations for Chemical Breakthrough Award program. Presented annually to multiple awardees beginning in 2006, these awards recognize seminal chemistry publications, books and patents. The term "breakthrough" refers to advances in the fields of science embraced by the American Chemical Society that have been revolutionary in concept, broad in scope, and long-term in impact. Each award will be made to the department or institution where the breakthrough occurred, not to the individual scientist(s) or inventors. More information including nomination forms can be found on this website, or by contacting Jeffrey I. Seeman at Nominations for the 2014 awards must be received electronically by July 7, 2014 and must be no more than 200 words.

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The recipient of the 2014 HIST Award of the Division of the History of Chemistry of the American Chemical Society is Professor Ernst Homburg, Department of History at the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands. This award is the successor to the Dexter Award (1956-2001) and the Sydney M. Edelstein Award (2002-2009), also administered by the Division of the History of Chemistry. The HIST Award will be presented to Prof. Homburg on 12 August 2014 at the fall national meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco, California.

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Herb Pratt, a long-time friend and colleague, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.
Obituary in the The News Journal

Articles in the Bulletin for the History of Chemistry concerning Citation for Chemical Breakthrough Awards:

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Previous Announcements on this page.

The Bulletin for the History of Chemistry v38(2) is now available to members. Check out the Table of Contents.

NOTE: HIST is making individual articles from the Bulletin for the History of Chemistry OPEN ACCESS and searchable except for the last three years. These articles are available in the Open Access Directory.

Articles from the last three years are available via links from the Table of Contents for those issues FOR HIST MEMBERS AND SUBSCRIBERS ONLY. If you try to access an article, you will be prompted for a login and password. The login username is the email address you provided to the American Chemical Society and the password is your ACS member number.

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Mission Statement

The Division of the History of Chemistry (HIST) of the American Chemical Society (ACS) seeks to advance knowledge and appreciation of the history of the chemical sciences among chemists, students, historians of science, and the broader public by