Heritage Day Awards

The Othmer Gold Medal is presented annually at Heritage Day.

Heritage Day is an annual celebration of the achievements and promise of the sciences and technologies that shape material culture. On May 14, 2015, CHF honored the accomplishments of three distinguished leaders: 

Phillip Sharp received the Othmer Gold Medal for visionary contributions to the science of the genetic material, RNA and DNA, and for seminal entrepreneurship in the biotechnology industry.

Jacqueline Barton accepted the American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal in recognition of her outstanding research in DNA chemistry, her role as devoted educator, and her unwavering support of the chemical enterprise.

Abdulaziz Al-Zamil received the Richard J. Bolte Sr. Award for Supporting Industries for his leadership in developing the Saudi Arabian chemical industry and for showing the path that future generations can follow. 

Follow the links below to learn more about CHF’s prestigious Heritage Day awards and the remarkable people who receive them.

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CHF’s Center for Oral History captures and preserves the stories of notable figures in chemistry and related fields. Many of the oral histories in the collection belong to recipients of CHF awards, including


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