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American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal

The American Institute of Chemists (AIC) Gold Medal recognizes extraordinary accomplishments in chemistry or chemical engineering in the United States.

First presented in 1926, previous winners include Nobel laureates Glenn T. Seaborg, Herbert C. Brown, Elizabeth Blackburn, and Dudley Herschbach, as well as renowned researchers Chad A. Mirkin, Mary Lowe Good, Steven J. Lippard, Jacqueline Barton, and George M. Whitesides.

The AIC Gold Medal has been presented jointly with the Science History Institute since 2003. This year’s ceremony will take place virtually on May 5 as part of our annual Heritage Day Awards.


2021 Medalist: Peter J. Stang

Peter J. Stang is the David P. Gardner Chair and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Utah. He is internationally renowned for groundbreaking research in supramolecular chemistry, in which small molecules are created that can recognize each other and combine to make much more complex molecules. The implications of these molecules are far reaching, from the targeted delivery of cancer drugs to new and better products for information storage and energy applications.

Stang came to the United States in 1956 as a teenager when his family fled Hungary after the uprising against the Soviet Union. He earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from DePaul University in 1963, his PhD in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1966, and subsequently joined Princeton University as a two-year National Institute of Health postdoctoral fellow.

A faculty member at the University of Utah since 1969, Stang has more than 500 publications and more than 23,500 citations to his credit, and has mentored nearly 100 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from across the globe. He also served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Chemical Society from 2002 until December 2020.

Stang has received many awards and honors, including the National Medal of Science (2011), the American Chemical Society’s Priestley Medal (2013), and China’s International Cooperation Award in Science and Technology (2016). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS); a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and the European Academy of Arts, Sciences & Humanities; and a fellow of AAAS and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.


Previous Winners of the AIC Gold Medal

  • Henry F. Schaefer III (2019)
  • E. Gerald Meyer (2018)
  • Stephen Lippard (2017)
  • Chad Mirkin (2016)
  • Jacqueline Barton (2015)
  • Ronald Breslow (2014)
  • John D. Roberts (2013)
  • Elizabeth Blackburn (2012)
  • Dudley Herschbach (2011)
  • Robert Grubbs (2010)
  • Oliver Smithies (2009)
  • Paul Berg (2008)
  • Walter Gilbert (2008)
  • George Whitesides (2007)
  • Roald Hoffmann (2006)
  • Robert L. McNeil Jr. (2005)
  • Carl Djerassi (2004)
  • Ralph Hirschmann (2003)

For a full list of winners of the AIC Gold Medal going back to 1926, visit the AIC’s website.

About the American Institute of Chemists (AIC)

From its earliest days in 1923 to the present, the American Institute of Chemists has fostered the advancement of the chemical profession in the United States.

The AIC has a corresponding dedication “to promote and protect the public welfare; to establish and maintain standards of practice for these professions; and to promote the professional experience through certification as to encourage competent and efficient service.”