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Chemical Pioneer Award


Call for Nominations
Deadline - 10/18/13




















Chemical Pioneer Award:

The Chemical Pioneer Award recognizes chemists, chemical engineers, or their associates who have made outstanding contributions which have had a major impact on advances in chemical science and industry and/or the chemical profession. This award was first given in 1966.

Previous Chemical Pioneer Award Winners

First presented by The AIC in 1966, the Chemical Pioneer Award recognizes chemists, chemical engineers, or their associates who have made outstanding contributions that have had a major impact on advances in chemical science and industry and/or the chemical profession. Previous winners include pioneering researchers, educators and executives representing the many facets of the world of chemistry. The AIC Chemical Pioneers include Robert Langer, Linus C. Pauling, Herbert C. Brown, and George Olah.
Nominations should consist of a nominating letter with the individual's curriculum vita plus two letters of support. All nomination materials are due by September 12, 2014, and should be mailed to:
Ms. Sarah Reisert
Attn: The Chemical Pioneers Nomination
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
OR you may email completed nomination materials to
It is the responsibility of the person making the nomination to collect and submit all the required nomination materials – letter of nomination, two letters of support and the nominees CV. No late nominations will be accepted.
The award winner is expected to deliver a formal lecture on a topic relevant to the basis for winning the award at the award ceremony during the 2015 annual meeting of The American Institute of Chemists, and provide a write up of his/her lecture for publication in The Chemist, the official journal of The American Institute of Chemists.
The American Institute of Chemists: Founded in 1923, The AIC advances the chemical sciences by establishing high professional standards of practice and emphasizing the professional, ethical, economic, and social status of its members for the benefit of society as a whole. The AIC engages in a broad range of programs for professional enhancement through the prestigious Fellow membership category, an awards program, certification programs, and meetings.
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Dr. robert Lochhead
Dr. Robert Lochhead and Dr. Helen Free Receive 2012 AIC Chemical Pioneer Award
Dr. Helen Free
Dr. Robert Lochhead was awarded The AIC Chemical Pioneer Award for his stellar accomplishments in the field of polymer science and engineering. Dr. Lochhead serves as Principal Investigator of the NSF funded ‘Multinational Partnership to Incite Innovation’, Director of The Institute for Formulation Science and the National Formulation Science Laboratory, and Director of the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at the University of Southern Mississippi. The National Formulation Science Laboratory is located on a 523-acre site in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. More than $2billion in capital has been invested in the Mississippi Polymer Industry, creating 42 new companies and 10,000 new jobs.
Dr. Lochhead is the author of about 300 scientific papers and 18 Patents, some for polymers that are used extensively in our industry. Since 1995, his students have won 9 best paper awards and 12 best student poster awards at National Meetings. He served as President of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists 1994 and 2010. He was President of the International Association of Formulation Chemists in 2000. He was the 2000 recipient of the Maison G. De Navarre Medal; the highest honor in the Arts and Sciences of Cosmetics, and also the SCC National Merit Award, 2006. Lochhead also serves on the INCI committee.

Dr. Helen Free was recognized with The AIC Chemical Pioneer Award for her noteworthy contributions in the development of various self-testing technologies for urinalysis for diabetes. She holds patents in clinical chemistry.
Dr. Free has a long and distinguished record of service in various capacities at the Bayer Healthcare Diagnostics Division (formerly Miles Laboratory). She has served on several national organization boards, and has received recognition as a Distinguished Alumni from Wooster, Medical Economics Award, National Leadership Award, National Medal for Innovation (White House), National Woman of the Year, AIC/Chicago Award, Engineering and Science Hall of Fame, National Inventors Hall of Fame, American Association of Clinical Chemists Outstanding Contribution and Achievement Award. She is an AAAS Fellow.
In 1993 Helen was elected president of the American Chemical Society and thereafter served as Director and as Chairman of the Board. She initiated the international program at the ACS, and contributed to National Chemistry Week, to all the outreach programs, and to the membership and community affairs programs. She was awarded the Mosher Award and the first Helen Free Award.