Winthrop-Sears Medal

Peter McCausland

Peter McCausland

2010 Medalist: Peter McCausland

Peter McCausland is founder, chairman, and CEO of Airgas, the largest distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and welding equipment in the United States. Before starting Airgas, McCausland served as general counsel for MG Industries, an industrial gas producer. He also was a founding partner in the law firm of McCausland, Keen, and Buckman, which specialized in mergers, acquisitions, and financings.

McCausland serves as a director of the Fox Chase Cancer Center, the Independence Seaport Museum, and the Philadelphia Orchestra Association. He also serves on the Board of Visitors of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Carolina, and on the Board of Visitors at the Boston University School of Law. He earned a B.S. in history from the University of South Carolina and a J.D. from Boston University Law School.

About the Chemists’ Club’s Winthrop-Sears Medal

The Chemists' Club's Winthrop-Sears Medal was established in 1970 to recognize individuals who, by their entrepreneurial action, have contributed to the vitality of the chemical industry and the betterment of humanity. It has been given out jointly with CHF since 2003. Named in honor of two of colonial America’s earliest chemical entrepreneurs, John Winthrop, Jr., and John Sears, the medal is awarded by The Chemists’ Club is association with the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Medalists include Sol J. Barer, Herbert W. Boyer, Gordon Cain, Robert W. Gore, Jon M. Huntsman, James Mack, Ralph Landau, Leonard Pool, George Rosenkranz, Zsolt Rumy, Phillip A. Sharp, Harold A. Sorgenti, Daniel Terra, Haldor Topsøe, and Alejandro Zaffaroni.

About the Chemists’ Club

The Chemists’ Club is one of the oldest and most respected chemical organizations in the country. It is an association of individuals engaged in management, marketing, processing, and research and development.

Past Medalists

Learn more about the past winners of the Winthrop-Sears Medal.

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