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Perkin Medal

 

History and Purpose:

The Perkin Medal was established to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of mauvene. Today it is widely acknowledged as the highest honor in American industrial chemistry. Perkin was a founding Member of SCI and this Medal was first presented in New York to Perkin himself.

Since 1906 SCI’s America Group has honored many inspiring and brilliant scientists in Perkin’s name.  Ranging from Edward Acheson of graphite and carborundum fame to Carl Djerassi who developed the first contraceptive pill, awards have demonstrated the contribution of science to today’s world. Names like I Langmuir, Glen Seaborg and Heinman Hass sit alongside those of Arthur D Little and Milton Harris, who transformed the way research and whole enterprises were managed.
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The award is presented in September at the Hilton Hotel in Philadelphia.  Attended by a wide range of scientists and executives from science-based industries, it provides an excellent opportunity to network with those working to advance modern industrial chemistry.

Sir William Henry Perkin:

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Sir William Henry Perkin (1838-1907) at the age of 18 created the world’s first synthetic aniline dye, which revolutionized color chemistry and opened up new possibilities for a whole range of industries; most notably, textiles and clothing.

Perkin was born in England and entered the Royal College of Science at 15. At 18, in private experiments attempting to make quinine, he inadvertently created a dye. Just six months later mauve was being used in a London dyehouse. He enjoyed international acclaim and went on to more discoveries and opened his own factories. He ‘retired’ from industry to focus on ‘pure science’ at the age of 36.

2018 Perkin Award Medalist – Barbara Haviland Minor

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Barbara Minor graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University and joined the DuPont Company in 1981. She worked at DuPont for 34 years until a spin off to a new company in 2015 called The Chemours Company, where Minor works today.

Minor has spent most of her career developing non-ozone depleting and low global warming refrigerants for air conditioning and refrigeration applications. She has developed several new refrigerants to help meet phase-out requirements for ozone destroying CFCs and HCFCs, and high global warming HFCs. In 2010 she received a DuPont Sustainable Growth Award for development of a low GWP hydrofluoroolefin refrigerant named HFO-1234yf for automotive air conditioning. Because HFO-1234yf contains an unsaturated double bond, it has >99% lower GWP than the current refrigerant HFC-134a used in vehicles today. It has been adopted by all major auto companies is already used globally in over 20 million vehicles. Minor also has developed other new refrigerants which have been installed in thousands of residential air conditioning and supermarket refrigeration systems around the world. She holds over 160 US patents for refrigerants, cleaning agents and aerosol propellants and has many publications in the field. She has travelled globally for many years speaking at conferences and seminars on alternative refrigerants to address ozone and climate change issues.

In 2014 Minor was one of the first women named a DuPont Fellow in the company’s 200+ year history, which is the highest technical level in DuPont. She is now one of only two Chemours Fellows in the Chemours Company.

Minor is active in refrigeration and air conditioning industry organizations. She is currently chair of the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology Institute (AHRTI) Steering Committee and chair of the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Research and Technology Committee. These committees conduct research into new refrigeration technologies for the benefit of the industry. She is also an active member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (ASHRAE).  She currently serves on the ASHRAE Refrigeration Committee and Technical Activities Committee and is past chair of TC 3.1 Refrigerant and Secondary Coolants Technical Committee.
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Past Perkin Medalists
Perkin Medal Award Nomination Rules
Nomination Form
 2017 Dinner

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 2016 Dinner

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 2015 Dinner

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