Richard J. Bolte Sr. Award for Supporting Industries

Whether it is by providing laboratory space, moving freight around the world, or creating software to help in the lab, supporting industries make possible much of the science on which we rely.

To honor those who provide products or services vital to the continuing growth and development of the chemical and molecular sciences community, the Science History Institute created the Richard J. Bolte Sr. Award for Supporting Industries in 2006. It took the name of the first winner of the award, the founder and chair of BDP International, and it is presented annually at Heritage Day, our annual celebration of the achievements and promise of the sciences and technologies that shape material culture.

2020 Awardee: Steven Holland

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Steve Holland headshot

Steven Holland

Steven Holland, former chief executive officer of Brenntag AG, has had a distinguished career spanning more than 30 years in chemical manufacturing and distribution. He will receive the 2020 Richard J. Bolte Sr. Award for Supporting Industries during our Heritage Day celebration.

Holland began his career in chemicals, graduating as an industrial chemist in the field of water treatment and surface coatings. He quickly moved through the chemical industry in a number of general management roles in both manufacturing and chemical distribution.

In 2006 Holland joined Brenntag after its acquisition of Albion Chemicals, where he was a shareholder and group managing director. A year later he was asked to join the Brenntag Board of Directors as chief executive of the company’s European business, and he was subsequently appointed chief operating officer for the group in 2009. In 2011 he became chief executive officer of Brenntag AG, and in 2015 the organization announced that Holland’s role as CEO was being extended for five more years, to 2020.


Previous Winners of the Bolte Award

  • Frederick Frank (2019)
  • W. Graham Richards (2018)
  • Peter Young (2017)
  • Roy Eddleman (2016)
  • Abdulaziz Al-Zamil (2015)
  • Atsushi Horiba (2014)
  • Alan G. Walton (2013)
  • G. Steven Burrill (2012)
  • Lawrence Evans (2011)
  • Berdon Lawrence (2010)
  • David and Alice Schwartz (2009)
  • Jerry Sudarsky (2008)
  • Eugene Garfield (2007)
  • Richard J. Bolte Sr. (2006)