Welch Award in Chemistry

The Welch Foundation, based in Houston, Texas, is one of the United States’ oldest and largest private funding sources for basic chemical research.  Since its founding in 1954, the organization has contributed to the advancement of chemistry through research grants, departmental programs, endowed chairs, and other special projects at educational institutions in Texas. The Foundation hosts an annual chemical research conference in Houston that attracts hundreds of the leading chemists and sponsors the Welch Award in Chemistry.

The purpose of The Welch Award in Chemistry is to foster and encourage basic chemical research and to recognize, in a substantial manner, the value of chemical research contributions for the benefit of mankind.

Any person can be considered for the award who has made important chemical research contributions which have had a significant, positive influence on mankind.  The award is intended to recognize contributions that have not previously been rewarded in a similar manner.  The monetary amount of the award is $300,000.

Award Recipients

Allen J. Bard (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 2004

Karl A. Folkers* (Chemistry & Biochemistry) - 1972



* (deceased)

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