Franklin-Lavoisier Prize Ceremony

Fred Aftalion

Fred Aftalion

Date: April 3, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. reception, 7:00 p.m. dinner and ceremony

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: Free
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On April 3 the Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie (FMC) and the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) will present the Franklin-Lavoisier Prize to Fred Aftalion, chemical industry executive and historian, and author of A History of the International Chemical Industry.

Please register by March 27.


6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner and ceremony


About the Awardee

As an author, Fred Aftalion has recorded and enhanced our understanding of our chemical heritage, and has helped make known to the broader public the important impact of the chemical sciences and technologies. His book, A History of the International Chemistry Industry, is a seminal work of history and a unique publication, chronicling the rise of the chemical industry around the globe and the important human benefits that it has brought. As an international corporate executive and in his leadership role with FMC and other professional organizations, Aftalion has tirelessly promoted the idea that those in the chemical sciences and technologies form a global community joined by a shared passionate interest in advancing society through discovery and innovation. He has advocated international cooperation among the various organizations that represent the interests of the chemical community around the world, particularly fostering closer relations between the French and U.S. chemical organizations.

About the Award

The Franklin-Lavoisier Prize is named for Benjamin Franklin and Antoine Lavoisier, two of the greatest scientific minds of the 18th century. This award, established in 2008, seeks to promote public understanding of Franco-American relations in modern and historical science, industry, and economies.

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