Gustavus John Esselen Award
Recipients

 
1987
F. Sherwood Rowland, University of California at Irvine, and Mario J. Molina, now at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Discovery of the Influence of Chlorofluorocarbons on the Ozone Layer.
1988
Alfred P. Wolf and Joanna S. Fowler, Brookhaven National Laboratories, Chemical Procedures to Make Positron Emission Tomography a Practical Method in Medical Diagnosis.
1989
Carl Djerassi, Stanford University. Synthesis and Promotion of the First and Most Common Birth Control Hormone.
1990
Thomas J. Dougherty, Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The Development of Photodynamic Therapy for the Treatment of Malignant Disease.

1991

Jerrold Meinwald and Thomas Eisner, Cornell University. Chemical Responses in the Insect and Plant World.
1992
Bruce N. Ames, University of California at Berkeley. Methods for Detection of Carcinogens and Causes of Aging and Cancer.

1993

James G. Anderson, Harvard University. Experimental Methods for Measuring Global Ozone Loss.

1994

Kary B. Mullis. The Discovery of Polymerase Chain Reactions (PCR) for the Replication of DNA Molecules.

1995

Howard J. Schaeffer, Burroughs Wellcome Company. Nucleosides with Antiviral Activity - The Discovery of Acyclovir (Zovirax®).

1996

Roy G. Gordon, Harvard University. Low Emissivity Glass; Energy Conserving Windows.
1997
Rangaswamy Srinivasan, UVTech Associates. The Widely Used Laser Methodology of Tiny Focused Ablative Photodecomposition.
1998
Kyriacos C. Nicolaou, Scripps Research Institute. Chemical Synthesis and Chemical Biology of Natural Substances.
1999
Robert S. Langer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Development of Unique Polymers for Medical Applications.
2000
William A. Pryor, Louisiana State University. Vitamin E and the Prevention of Heart Disease.
2001
Joseph M. DeSimone, University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University. Green Chemistry for Sustainable Economic Development.
2002
Ronald Breslow, Columbia University. Chemistry Lessons from Biology and vice versa.
2003
Bruce D. Roth, Pfizer Global Research & Development. The Discovery and Development of Lipitor® (Atorvastatin Calcium).
2004
James W. Jorgenson, University of North Carolina. The Magic of Capillaries in Chemical Separations and Analysis.
2005
Jean M. J. Fréchet, University of California at Berkeley, Functional Macromolecules: From Design and Synthesis to Applications. [Bio]
2006
Richard D. DiMarchi, University of Indiana, Chemical Biotechnology as a Means to Optimal Protein Therapeutics. [Bio]
2007
Michael A. Marletta, University of California at Berkeley, Nitric Oxide in Biology: From Discovery to Therapeutics. [Bio]
2008
John A. Katzenellenbogen, Swanlund Professor of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chapaign-Urbana, Estrogens and Estrogen receptors as a Nexus of Chemistry and Biology in Health and Disease. [Bio]
2009
Chad A. Mirkin, Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology, George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Biological and  Chemical Engineering, Professor of Medicine and Professor of Materials Science and EngineeringNorthwestern University, Nanostructures in Chemistry, Biology, and Medicine. [Bio][his website]
2010
Stephen L. Buchwald, Camille Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, MIT, Pd- and Cu-Catalyzed Processes for the Synthesis of Pharmaceuticals. [Bio]
2011
Arthur J. Nozick, Senior Research Fellow, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Professor Adjunct, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder. [Bio]  [Address]
2012
Bruce Ganem, Franz and Elisabeth Roessler Professor of Chemistry and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell.[Bio]  [Abstract]
2013
Michael H. Gelb, Harry and Catherine Jaynne Boand Endowed Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Washington in Seattle. [Bio] [Address]
Frantisek Turecek, Chemistry Department at University of Washington. [Bio] [Address]
2014
David R. Walt, Robinson Professor of Chemistry nad Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, Tufts University. [Bio] [Address]
2015
Eric Jacobsen, Sheldon Emory Professor of Organic Chemistry, Harvard University. [Bio] [Address]
2016 Timothy M.Swager, John D. MacArthur Professor of Chemistry, MIT and Director of the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, Chemical/Biological Sensing: Science and Real World Applications.[Bio] [Address]