Hurter Memorial Lecture

Established 1898

The first Hurter Memorial Lecture was given by Professor George Lunge of Zurich, a close friend and collaborator of Hurter. Fourteen years later it was given by Fritz Haber, inventor of the Haber-Bosch process. Another early Hurter Lecturer was Sir Oliver Lodge, famous for being both a physicist, and a spiritualist, both very much in the public eye. When the Lecture celebrated its centenary in 1998, staff from BASF Plc, AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb, amongst many others, joined civic leaders and senior academics at Liverpool University.

Award Information

Award History

The Hurter Memorial Lecture was established in 1898 in honour of Dr Ferdinand Hurter who was a founding Member of SCI. Hurter served as chair of the Liverpool Section in 1888-1890 (now the Liverpool and North West Regional Group) and was twice elected SCI Vice President.


Nominations for the Hurter Memorial Lecture are made by the SCI Liverpool and North West Regional Group Committee. The recipient will also be selected by the Liverpool and North West Regional Group Committee.

Lecture Details

The winner will be expected to give a lecture at a Liverpool and North West event and will be presented with a certificate. The Hurter Memorial Lecture was last presented in 2015.

Eligibility Criteria

    • Distinction
    Career Stage
    • Mid – Late Career
    • Diverse subject areas


Nominations open TBC
Nominations close TBC
Frequency At the discretion of the Liverpool and North West Regional Group Committee

Additional Information

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