Perkin Medal

Established 1906

The Perkin Medal is widely acknowledged as the highest honour in American industrial chemistry. Sir William Perkin was a founding Member of SCI and this Medal was first presented in New York to Perkin himself.

Award Information

Medal History

The Perkin Medal was established in 1906 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of mauveine. The first Perkin Medal recipient was Sir William Perkin (1838-1907), a founding Member of SCI who created the world's first synthetic dye, mauveine, at the age of 18 and was presented with this medal in New York.


Nominated by the SCI America International Group, or the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Institute of Chemists, the Electrochemical Society or the American International Group of the Société de Chimie Industrielle to US scientists who have created innovation in applied chemistry.

Presentation Details

Selected by the SCI America Group Chair, SCI America Group Vice Chair, SCI America Group Immediate Past Chair, America Chemical Society President, America Institute of Chemical Engineers President, Chemical Heritage Foundation President.

The award consists of a medal presentation and an address by the recipient in September at a meeting of the America Group.

Eligibility Criteria

    • United States of America resident
    • Engaged in the chemical profession
    • Outstanding work done during their career
    Career Stage
    • Personal scientific accomplishment
    • Leadership of group effort
    • Outstanding commercial development
    • For work successful either at the time of execution/publication, or in subsequent development of the industry
    • Applied chemical work


Nominations open TBC
Nominations close 1 July
Frequency Annual

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