Join us for our annual celebration of exceptional achievements in chemistry, chemical engineering, the life sciences, and allied fields and industries.

The evening will feature brief talks from our awardees, great conversation about science, and light refreshments, all for free!

We are proud to honor our 2024 award recipients

Othmer Gold Medal
Paula Hammond
Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Head of MIT Department of Chemical Engineering
Member, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

Richard J. Bolte Sr. Award for Supporting Industries
Kenan E. Sahin
Founder, President, and CTO of TIAX
CEO of CAMX Power

American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal
Peter Schultz
Professor of Chemistry, Chief Executive Officer, and the Sam Skaggs Presidential Chair at Scripps Research


  • 5:30pm | Doors Open
  • 6pm–7pm | Remarks and Awards Ceremony
  • 7pm–8pm | Reception

About the Science History Institute Awards

Othmer Gold Medal

Named after Donald Othmer (1904–1995), the Othmer Gold Medal is the Science History Institute’s preeminent award. Winners are chosen for their extraordinary contributions to the material sciences. The award is cosponsored by the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Chemists’ Club, and the American Section of the Société de Chimie Industrielle.

Richard J. Bolte Sr. Award for Supporting Industries

The Richard J. Bolte Sr. Award for Supporting Industries honors those who provide products or services vital to the continuing growth and development of the chemical and molecular sciences community. The award was created in 2006 and named after the award’s first winner, BDP International founder and chair Richard Bolte.

American Institute of Chemists (AIC) 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, K. Barry Sharpless, 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.

More events

12 colorful illustrations from 1886 of various fats under a microscope.
April 20, 2024
For Families

Stories of Science

Join us in our museum EVERY SATURDAY for a family-friendly program that highlights strange and surprising stories from the history of science!

Painting of William Henry Perkin
April 20, 2024

Dyes & Textiles Tour

This “drop-in” tour highlights the science of natural dyes and textiles, the technology behind synthetic clothing, and the impact of fashion on human health and the environment.

Collage illustration showing map of African Burial Ground in Manhattan, illustration of human skull, man wearing a mask, and a photograph of the MOVE bombing in West Philadelphia
April 23, 2024
Classes & Workshops

How Science Invented the Myth of Race: Return, Rebury, Repatriate

In the third session of this Roundtable course, we discuss the ethical treatment of human remains and how this practice, when done correctly, is imperative to our understanding of the past.


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