Rochester Local Section (Chartered in 1912)

Harrison Howe Award Dinner

The 2018 Harrison Howe awardee is Professor Chad Mirkin from Northwestern University.

The Harrison Howe lecture by Dr. Chad Mirkin was held at the University of Rochester on May 2, 2019. Please visit here to see pictures from the event. 


 The Harrison Howe Award was inaugurated in 1946 to honor one of the founders of the Rochester ACS Section. In addition to his role as a leader in the Rochester Section, Harrison Howe was the founding editor of Chemical and Engineering News and a fervent champion of industrial research and development. It was his belief that chemistry and the pursuit of chemical knowledge contribute to the betterment of society. The Harrison Howe Award is given to acknowledge and support this idea through recognition of an outstanding chemist.

A distinguishing feature of the Harrison Howe Award is that many of the recipients have been recognized in the early stages of their careers. Linus Pauling, then just 44 years old, was the first Harrison Howe Lecturer in 1946. A complete transcript of Pauling's Inaugural Harrison Howe Lecture is available. As of 2011, 39% of Harrison Howe Award winners have eventually gone on to receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. A complete listing of all of the past awardees is also available.

The award consists of a plaque and an honorarium. The recipient will deliver a lecture at the annual Harrison Howe Award Symposium at the University of Rochester. 

Learn More about the award, Mr. Howe and the award nomination procedures

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