Charles Tennant Memorial Lecture

Established 1943

Today the Charles Tennant Memorial Lecture is one of SCI Scotland's most prestigious honours and a popular and high profile social fixture in its national industrial calendar.

Award Information

Award History

Charles Tennant was a pioneer of the chemical industry and was instrumental in encouraging the growth of the textile industry. He came from modest beginnings as an apprentice weaver and went on to patent various methods of making bleaches, eventually setting up his own company in Paisley.


Nominations for the Charles Tennant Memorial Lecture are made by members of the SCI Scotland Group. The recipient will also be selected by the SCI Scotland Group Committee.

Lecture Details

The Charles Tennant Memorial Lecture is awarded every two to three years and the most recent lecture was held on 31 January 2019 at the University of Strathclyde.

Eligibility Criteria

    • Expertise in chemical research and knowledge
    Career Stage
    • Mid - Late Career
    • Industry


Nominations open TBC
Nominations close TBC
Frequency Every two to three years or as appropriate

Additional Information

Code of Ethics for Members

Charles Tennant Memorial Lecture - Image credit: Charles Tennant. Mezzotint by J. G. Murray after A. Geddes. Wellcome Collection. Public Domain Mark

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