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Call for Nominations
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Gold Medal Awards:

The Gold Medal is The Institute's highest award. It is given annually to a person who has stimulated activities of service to the science of chemistry or the profession of chemist or chemical engineer in the United States of America. In recognition of their achievements, Gold Medallists are given Life Fellowship in The Institute.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Gold Medal Award.

Previous Gold Medal Award Winners


First presented by the AIC in 1926, the Gold Medal is the AIC’s highest award. It recognizes service to the science of chemistry and to the profession of chemistry or chemical engineering in the United States. Previous winners include Nobel laureates Glenn T. Seaborg and Herbert C. Brown, as well as other renowned researchers and scientists representing the many facets of the world of chemistry. Recent medalists include Elizabeth Blackburn, Jacqueline Barton, and George Whitesides.
Nominations should consist of a nominating letter with the individual's curriculum vita plus two letters of support. All nomination materials were due by October 9, 2015, and should have been mailed or emailed to:
Ms. Sarah Reisert
Attn: Gold Medal Nomination
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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 Chemical Heritage Day on Monday, May 16, 2016.
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, publication of the refereed journal The Chemist, and meetings.
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Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn was awarded The AIC Gold Medal for her outstanding contributions to the understanding of molecular nature of telomeres. Dr. Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Morris Herztein Professor of Biology and Physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, is a leader in the area of telomere and telomerase research. She discovered the molecular nature of telomeres - the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes that serve as protective caps essential for preserving the genetic information - and the ribonucleoprotein enzyme, telomerase. Blackburn and her research team at the University of California, San Francisco are working with various cells including human cells, with the goal of understanding telomerase and telomere biology.
Dr. Blackburn is the first woman Nobel Laureate to receive The AIC Gold Medal. "The AIC Gold Medal was the first major prize in chemistry awarded to a woman, Mabel Garvan in 1929," said David Manuta, AIC president. "It is a great honor for us to add the name Elizabeth Blackburn to the roll of 87 great chemists who have received the AIC Gold Medal over the past eight decades." In 1978, Blackburn joined the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley in the Department of Molecular Biology. In 1990, she joined the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UC San Francisco, where she served as Department Chair from 1993 to 1999. Blackburn is currently a faculty member in Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF. She is also a Non-Resident Fellow of the Salk Institute.
Throughout her career, Blackburn has been honored by her peers as the recipient of many prestigious awards. She was elected President of the American Society for Cell Biology for the year 1998. Blackburn is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1991), the Royal Society of London (1992), the American Academy of Microbiology (1993), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2000). She was elected Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences in 1993, and was elected as a Member of the Institute of Medicine in 2000. She was awarded the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award in Basic Medical Research (2006). In 2007 she was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most influential People and she is the 2008 North American Laureate for L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science. In 2009, Dr. Blackburn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.