Theodore William Richards Medal
Committee Purpose and Membership
The role of the Richards Medal Committee is to select the recipient of the Theodore William Richards Medal and arrange for the award ceremonies.
The Committee Chair will place an announcement for the call for nominations into the Nucleus (editorial deadline: July 15) and C&E News in August. The Chair will also contact the Chemistry Departments at the top 40 to 50 U.S. academic institutions, the ACS technical divisions, and the ACS local sections in order to solicit nominations.
Nomination packages, consisting of a brief (no more than 5 pages) curriculum vitae for the nominee, a clear and concise (no more than 2 pages) nomination letter that outlines the candidate’s “conspicuous achievements in chemistry” on which the nomination is based, and an optional one-page supporting letter, should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to Anna Singer <>, NESACS Administrative Secretary.
Nomination packages have a 4-year total life (2 nomination cycles). Nominators who wish their unsuccessful nominee to be a candidate for a second selection cycle must submit a letter indicating their intent to re-nominate the candidate a second time and submit a one-page update that describes the nominee’s activities in the two-year time period following the original nomination.
As new or updated nominations are received, nominators will be sent an acknowledgement of receipt of the award nomination or update.
The deadline for receipt of new or updated nominations is October 31, 2016.
The 2016 Award will be presented on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

Awarding the Theodore William Richards Medal and Award.
  • The awarding of the Theodore William Richards Medal shall be the charge of a special committee of seven members: four elected by the membership of the Northeastern Section, two appointed ACS members who are not members of the Northeastern Section, and the Editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
  • The Award Committee shall have full power to choose the recipient, and its choice shall be final.
  • The Theodore William Richards Medal Award shall be given for conspicuous achievement in any area of chemistry.
  • The award shall not be made more often than once every two years, except under unusual conditions.
  • The recipient shall appear in person to receive the medal and deliver an address (or read a paper) about his/her work.
Prior Recipients of the Theodore William Richards Medal for Conspicuous Achievement in Chemistry