Gordon E Moore Medal

Established 2004

The SCI America Gordon E. Moore Medal is the premier recognition for early career success in innovation, as reflected both in market impact and improvement to the quality of life. By highlighting extraordinary individuals and their work, the Society aims to promote public understanding of research and development in the modern chemical industries, enhance the interest of students in applied chemistry by providing role models, and emphasize the role of creative research in the global economy.

Award Information

Medal History

Based on the concept that the award name should draw attention to young innovators and connect to the established Perkin Medal, the SCI America Executive Committee named the award for Gordon E. Moore, co-founder of Intel and a seminal figure in the establishment and development of the semiconductor industry. Mr Moore has often described Intel as a chemical company. As a research chemist and then director of R&D, Gordon Moore carried out pioneering work on silicon transistors, the integrated circuit, semiconductor computer memory, and the microprocessor, while under the age of 45.


Nominations can be made by completion of a nomination form, available through the SCI America website.

Nominated by the CTO Steering Committee, living Perkin medalists and SCI America Gordon E. Moore Medal winners, the companies of SCI America members, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA), and the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

Nominees who are not selected as award winners shall remain in consideration for three additional years as long as they meet the award requirements.

Presentation Details

Selected by the SCI America Executive Committee, the recipient will be presented with the medal at a dedicated luncheon or a symposium. The theme of the event is creativity and innovation.

Eligibility Criteria

    • 45 or younger in the Award year
    • Either a US citizen or resident
    Career Stage
    • Developed a breakthrough innovation
    • Their innovation significantly impacts the company's business
    • Their innovation has either created a new market, expanded an existing market, or commercialised a breakthrough process technology
    • Emerging areas of applied chemistry in the 21st century
    • Positive impact of applied chemistry on the quality of life


Nominations open September
Nominations close 1st January
Frequency Annual

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