The Carothers Lecture Award was established by the Delaware Section of the American Chemical Society in 1976 in memory of Wallace H. Carothers, one of the founders of modern polymer chemistry. The purpose of the award is to honor scientific innovators who have made outstanding contributions and advances in industrial applications of chemistry. The award is sponsored by the Delaware Section and by local chemical companies. Beginning in 1999 the Carothers Award includes a $2000 cash award.
The award is a sculpture, commissioned by the Delaware Section, of two hands molding a benzene ring, depicting man shaping molecules. The artist is Mr. Domenico Mortellito, a well-known local sculptor, muralist, and painter, who pioneered the use of synthetic materials in the fine arts.
Carothers Award Recipients
2016 Joanna Fowler
2015 George Lahm
2014 Roy Vagelos
2013 Paul Anderson 2012 Donald A. Tomalia 2011 John Duncia 2010 Ronald Knudsen 2009 Jean Fréchet and Hiroshi Ito 2008 Harry Spinelli 2007 Richard DiMarchi 2006 Alan Davison 2005 Richard F. Heck 2004 James C. Stevens 2003 Frances H. Arnold 2002 Joseph DeSimone 2001 Ching Tang 2000 Robert S. Langer 1999 Barry Sharpless 1998 Mario Geysen 1997 Walter Kaminsky 1996 Edith Flanigen 1995 Herbert Eleuterio 1994 Ralph Hirschmann 1993 David Bryant 1992 C. Grant Willson and Murrae Bowden 1991 Frank Bovey 1990 Paul Janssen 1989 John Franz 1988 Paul Morgan 1987 Paul Weisz 1986 Lewis Sarett 1985 Paul Flory 1984 Alan Hay 1983 Louis Plambeck 1982 Jon Sinfelt 1981 William Baker 1980 Carl Marvel 1979 Herman Mark 1978 Edwin Land