Priestley Award Recipients

 
1952
Sir Hugh Stott Taylor, for research and teaching in physical chemistry. Fellow of the Royal Society 1932.
1953
Paul R. Burkholder, for the discovery of chloromycetin. 
1954
Karl T. Compton, for peacetime use of atomic energy.
1955
Harold C. Urey, for the discovery of deuterium.  Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1934. Fellow of the Royal Society 1947.
1956
Detlev W. Bronk, for distinguished service to mankind through biochemistry. Fellow of the Royal Society 1948.
1957
Edward Teller, for distinguished work in nuclear physics. 
1958
George Bogdan Kistiakowski, for work in chemical kinetics and thermodynamics.
1959
Willard Frank Libby, for distinguished contributions to the development of carbon dating. 
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1960. 
1960
Glenn T. Seaborg, for distinguished contributions through nuclear chemistry. 
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1951.  Fellow of the Royal Society 1985.
1961
Maurice Ewing, for distinguished contributions in the fields of oceanography, climatology, and geothermal measurements. Fellow of the Royal Society 1972.
1962
Robert B. Woodward, for the synthesis of organic molecules.  Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1965. Fellow of the Royal Society 1956.
1963
Kenneth S. Pitzer, for work in theoretical quantum chemistry. 
1964
Isador I. Rabi, for work with quantum mechanics and molecular beams.  Nobel Laureate in Physics 1944.
1965
Joel H. Hildebrand, for research in the fields of solubility and the structure of liquids.
1966
Charles H. Townes, for work in microwave spectroscopy and masers.  Nobel Laureate in Physics 1964. Fellow of the Royal Society 1976.
1967
George W. Beadle, for work in cytology and genetics.  Nobel Laureate in Medicine 1958. Fellow of the Royal Society 1960.
1968
Marshall W. Nirenberg, for the discovery of the genetic code. Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 1968
1969
Linus C. Pauling, for research on the nature of chemical bonding.  Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1954. Nobel Peace Prize 1962. Fellow of the Royal Society 1948.  
1970
George Wald, for distinguished contributions to the field of physiology of vision and biochemical evolution. Nobel Laureate in Medicine 1967. 
1971
Margaret Mead, for distinguished contributions to the field of anthropology.
1972
George C. Pimentel, for work in infared spectroscopy and molecular structure. 
1973
Philip H. Abelson, for geochemical studies. 
1974
Henry Eyring, for his contributions to theoretical chemistry, the development of absolute reaction rate theory.
1975
Carl Sagan, for his contributions to the exploration of the universe through radioastronomy.
1976
John G. Kemeny, for the development of BASIC computer language.
1977
W. Frank Blair, for environmental studies and ecology.
1978
J. Tuzo Wilson, for distinguished contributions in the development of plate tectonics. Fellow of the Royal Society 1968.
1979
Melvin Calvin, for work in the chemistry of photosynthesis.  Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1961. Fellow of the Royal Society 1959.
1980
Philip Morrison, for radioastronomy studies.
1981
Donald Knuth, for his work on computer programming and the design of computerized typography. Fellow of the Royal Society 2003.
1982
Peter H. Raven, for his work in systematic botany and biogeography. Fellow of the Royal Society 2002.
1983
Stephen Jay Gould, for his contribution to the fields of paleontology, evolutionary biology, and the history of science.
1984
Hubert M. Alyea, for his contributions to chemical education. 
1985
Harold P. Furth, for his contributions to plasma physics.
1986
Roald Hoffmann, for his contributions to applied theoretical chemistry. 
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1981. Fellow of the Royal Society 1984.
1987
Thomas F. Banchoff, for his contributions to the understanding of four dimensional manifolds through computer graphics. 
1988
Francis H. C. Crick, for his pioneering contributions to the field of molecular biology. 
Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 1962. Fellow of the Royal Society 1959.
1989
Arno A. Penzias, for his contributions to radio astronomy. Nobel Laureate in Physics 1978. 
1990
Wallace S. Broecker, for distinguished contributions to the field of geochemistry. Fellow of the Royal Society 2007.
1991
Harry B. Gray, for his contributions to bio-chemical-inorganic chemistry and inorganic photochemistry. Fellow of the Royal Society 2000.
1992
Solomon H. Snyder, for distinguished contributions to the field of neuroscience. 
1993
George Masters Woodwell for distinguished contributions to global ecology. 
1994
Gerald Holton, for distinguished contributions to the welfare of mankind through the field of the history of science.
1995
Marvin Minsky, for distinguished contributions in the field of artificial intelligence. 
1996
Leon M. Lederman, for distinguished contributions to our understanding of particle physics and its interaction with cosmology. Nobel Laureate in Physics 1988.
1997
Frank Press, for contributions in geophysics and national science policy. Fellow of the Royal Society 1985.
1998
Bruce N. Ames, for contribution to research on mutation, cancer, and aging. 
1999
J. Michael Bishop, for distinguished contributions to our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of cancer. Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine 1989.
2000
Edward O. Wilson, for distinguished contributions to the field of conservation biology. Fellow of the Royal Society 1990.
2001
John H. Conway, for distinguished contributions in the field of applied and computational mathematics. Fellow of the Royal Society 1981.
2002

Jocelyn Bell Burnell, for her contributions to astrophysics, in particular her groundbreaking discovery of pulsars.Fellow of the Royal Society 2003.
2003
Orrin H. Pilkey, for distinguished research in coastal geology and public service in policy formulation and education about America's coastal resources.
2004   Jacqueline K. Barton,,for her groundbreaking approach to the study of DNA and understanding consequences of damage to DNA within the cell.
2005  

Peter Agre, for his distinguished contributions to the field of biological membranes and aquaporin water channel proteins. Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2003.

2006  
David Pimentel, for his contributions in ecology and agricultural sciences.
2007   Vinton Cerf, for his key technical and managerial role in the creation of the Internet, in particular, for leading the development of the TCP/IP protocols.
2008   Joseph H. Taylor, for his discovery of the first binary pulsar and its unprecedented value in testing Einstein's theory of general relativity. Nobel Laureate in Physics 1993.
2009   Elizabeth Loftus, for her work in the field of human memory research, particularly her contributions to our understanding of childhood abuse and traumatic recovered memories.
2010   Stephen Sparks, for his work in the fields of igneous petrology and volcanology, particularly his contributions to improving our understanding of the physical and chemical dynamics of volcanic systems. Fellow of the Royal Society 1988.
2011   George Whitesides, for his groundbreaking "Lab on a Chip" medical diagnostic technology and humanitarian work bringing low-cost medical diagnostics to the developing world.
2012   Joan A. Steitz, for her foundational work on aspects of RNA processing, regulation and function, particularly her crucial discoveries concerning the fundamental roles of small RNA-protein complexes in cells, and for her long-standing advocacy for women in science.


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