Othmer Gold Medal

Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani.

2016 Medalist: Mukesh D. Ambani

Mukesh D. Ambani, chairman and managing director, Reliance Industries Limited, received the 2016 Othmer Gold Medal at Heritage Day on May 16, 2016.

About Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh D. Ambani is the chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Limited. During his tenure of over 30 years he has successfully led a diversified portfolio spanning oil and gas (exploration and production, petrochemicals, refining), retail, telecommunications, and textiles to make Reliance the largest private-sector enterprise in India. Ambani also led the creation of the Jamnagar Refinery in Gujarat, which is the largest petroleum refining complex in the world.

Ambani is associated with various organizations both overseas and in India. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Foundation Board and a foreign member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineers. He is also a member of the Indo-U.S. CEOs Forum and a member of the International Advisory Council of Brookings, the McKinsey and Company International Advisory Council, the Global Advisory Council of the Bank of America, the Business Council, and the London School of Economics’ India Advisory Group. 

In India, Ambani is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry and of the Board of Governors of the National Council of Applied Economic Research. He also serves as the chair of the Board of Governors of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University.

Ambani earned a BE from the Institute of Chemical Technology (India) and pursued an MBA from Stanford University.

About the Othmer Gold Medal

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) established the Othmer Gold Medal in 1997 to honor outstanding individuals who have made multifaceted contributions to our chemical and scientific heritage through outstanding activity in such areas as innovation, entrepreneurship, research, education, public understanding, legislation, or philanthropy.

The medal is presented annually and cosponsored by CHF and four affiliated organizations: the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), The Chemists’ Club, and the Société de Chimie Industrielle (American Section). The medal commemorates Donald Othmer (1904–1995), noted researcher, consultant, editor, engineer, inventor, philanthropist, professor, and coeditor of the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology.

CHF gratefully acknowledges John Wiley & Sons, Inc., for donating a set of the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology each year to the institution chosen by the Othmer Gold Medal recipient.

About the Sponsors

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific organization. The society was established in 1876 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1937 to encourage in the broadest and most liberal manner the advancement of chemistry in all its branches

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is a professional, technical, and educational association. The institute was founded in 1908 and is dedicated to promoting excellence in the development and practice of chemical engineering in an ever-expanding array of disciplines

The Chemists’ Club, established in 1898, is one of the oldest and most respected chemical organizations in the country. Members are engaged in management, marketing, processing, and research and development.

The Société de Chimie Industrielle was founded in 1918 as the American Section of a Paris-based international organization. Today it operates as an independent New York–based society with a mission to work with other chemical-industry organizations and promote understanding of the chemical and allied industries. Activities include a monthly CEO forum, a scholarship program, and the International Palladium Medal awarded to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the industry.

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