Professor Zare is the 2017 recipient of the Othmer Gold Medal from the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF).
Founded in 1997, the Othmer Gold Medal is CHF’s preeminent award. Winners of the Othmer Gold Medal must, like the medal’s namesake, Donald Othmer, have made extraordinary contributions in not just one aspect of the materials sciences but in many. The roster of past winners contains some of the most versatile, multitalented individuals in the scientific community.
The Othmer Gold Medal is presented at Heritage Day, CHF’s annual celebration of the achievements and promise of the sciences and technologies that shape material culture. It is cosponsored by four affiliated organizations: the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, The Chemists’ Club, and the Société de Chimie Industrielle (American Section).
Donald Othmer (1904–1995) was a noted researcher, consultant, editor, engineer, inventor, philanthropist, professor, and coeditor of the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology.