Global Award

Introducing the award

Starting in 1980 by the Executive Board of Editors and the Publisher of Tetrahedron Publications, awarded annually. The award honours the memory of the founding Co-Chairmen of the Tetrahedron publications, Professor Sir Robert Robinson and Professor Robert Burns Woodward.

The award consists of a gold medal, a certificate, and a monetary amount.

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Background

The Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry was established in 1980 by the Executive Board of Editors and the Publisher of Tetrahedron Publications. It is intended to honour the memory of the founding co-Chairmen of these publications, Professor Sir Robert Robinson and Professor Robert Burns Woodward.

The Tetrahedron Prize is awarded on an annual basis for creativity in Organic Chemistry or Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry. The prize consists of a gold medal, a certificate, and a monetary award of US $10,000. It is awarded to an Organic or Medicinal Chemist who has made significant original contributions to the field, in its broadest sense. On some occasions, the Prize may be awarded jointly to two winners in which case two medals are presented. The winner is expected to write an appropriate article for Tetrahedron or Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry as part of a Symposium-in-Print compiled in their honour.

Application Process

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2016 TETRAHEDRON PRIZE ARE CLOSED

To nominate candidates, please send a document (as PDF) containing the following elements:

- The nominee’s name and current affiliation and/or contact details
- The nominee’s website
- A biographical sketch
- A summary of the nominee's past achievements (up to 1500 words)
- Description why he/she should be considered for award
- A list of no more than 25 of the nominee’s key publications
- Name, affiliation and contact details of the person making the nomination.

If you would like to support an existing nomination please send a seconding letter (as PDF) containing the following elements:

- A summary of achievements & why the nominee should be considered for this award (max 1500 words).

Please send all nominations and seconding letters to Emily Djock (e.djock@elsevier.com).

Should you have any questions concerning the award, please contact the Publisher, Jan Willem Wijnen, at j.wijnen@elsevier.com

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Criteria

The award honors significant original, creative contributions to the field of Organic Chemistry. The award is presented to an organic chemist who has made significant original contributions to the field, in its broadest sense. On some occasions, the award may be jointly awarded to two winners, in which case two medals are presented. The winner is expected to write an appropriate article for Tetrahedron as part of a Symposium-in-Print compiled in recognition of the award.

Selection Process

An executive board of 25 editors select from a pool of nominations and all vote for a top five. The rotating committee (5 people from the executive board) vote and select a winner. All entries need to be nominated by external scientists. Nominations can be updated and renewed every year and will remain valid for three years after the last renewal.

Contact

If you have any questions please contact: Jan Willem Wijnen, j.wijnen@elsevier.com

Winners

The winner of the 2016 award is:

Feringa

Prof.dr. Ben L. Feringa
University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Elsevier and the Board of Executive Editors of the Tetrahedron journal series are pleased to announce that the 2016 Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry has been awarded to Prof.dr. Ben L. Feringa, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He receives the award for his outstanding contributions to organic chemistry.

Professor Feringa said, “Winning the Tetrahedron Prize is not only a great honor for me personally, but also for my team of excellent young students and coworkers whom I have worked alongside over the years and are responsible for many discoveries in our labs. This is a very prestigious prize and I am extremely grateful to the giants in our field who have acted as a source of inspiration throughout my career and whose shoulders I stand on to continue the tradition of excellence in Organic Chemistry.”

Previous Winners

2015

William L. Jorgensen, Yale University, USA
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2014

Professor Barry Trost, Stanford University, USA
Professor Jiro Tsuji, Honorary Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

2013

Shankar Balasubramaniam, Cambridge University, UK
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2012

Paul A. Wender, Stanford University, USA
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2011

Manfred T. Reetz, Max-Planck-Institut fur Kohlenforschung, Honorary Professor at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum
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2010

Satoshi Ōmura, Kitasato Institute in Tokyo, Japan
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2009

Steven V. Ley, University of Cambridge
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2008

Larry E. Overman, University of California at Irvine, CA
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2007

J. Fraser Stoddart
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2006

Hisashi Yamamoto , University of Chicago, USA
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2005

Bernd Giese
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2004

Koji Nakanishi
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2003

Robert H. Grubbs; Dieter Seebach

2002

Kyriacos C. Nicolaou

2001

Yoshito Kishi

2000

Peter B. Dervan

1999

Henri B. Kagan

1998

David A. Evans; Teruaki Mukaiyama

1997

Stuart L. Schreiber

1996

Samuel Danishefsky

1995

Alan R. Battersby; A. Ian Scott

1993

Ryoji Noyori; K. Barry Sharpless

1991

William S. Johnson

1989

Michael J. S. Dewar

1987

Arthur J. Birch

1985

Gilbert Stork

1983

Elias J. Corey

1981

Albert Eschenmoser