Priestley Medal 2018 for Geraldine Richmond

  • Author: ChemViews Magazine
  • Published Date: 20 March 2018
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Geraldine Richmond, University of Oregon, Eugene, USA, has received the 2018 Priestley Medal, the highest honor of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The prize is awarded annually to recognize distinguished services to chemistry.

Richmond is honored for "her pioneering contributions to our understanding of the molecular properties of liquid surfaces and her extraordinary service to chemistry on a global level". The award was presented at the 255th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in New Orleans, LA, USA, on March 20, 2017.

Geraldine Richmond studied chemistry at Kansas State University, Manhattan, USA, and at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, where she received her Ph.D. in 1980 under the supervision of George C. Pimentel. She was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Bryn Mawr College, PA, USA, from 1980 to 1985, and then joined the University of Oregon as Associate Professor. She was promoted to Full Professor in 1991 and since 2013, she is Presidential Chair of Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon.

Richmond's research interests include the molecular structure and dynamics of interfacial processes, biomolecular assembly, atmospheric chemistry, and alternative energy sources. She also promotes science literacy for nonscientists and supports career development courses for scientists and engineers in the United States and developing countries.

Among other honors, Richmond received the Speirs Medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in 2004, the ACS Award for Encouraging Women in the Chemical Sciences in 2005, the ACS Charles L. Parsons Award for Outstanding Public Service in 2013, and the U.S. National Medal of Science in 2013.

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