Columbus Section

of the American Chemical Society

The Patterson-Crane Award (co-sponsored with the Dayton Section)

The Columbus and Dayton, Ohio Sections of the American Chemical Society sponsor the Patterson-Crane Award for contributions to chemical information. It is international in scope and given in honor of two outstanding members of the Sections - Austin M. Patterson (1876-1956) and E.J. Crane (1889-1966).

The biennial award consists of a $3,000 honorarium and a personalized commendation. The award is funded by a bequest of the Patterson family to the Dayton Section, by the Helen G. Crane Fund of the Columbus Foundation, and by the Patterson-Crane Award Fund of the Columbus Section.

The Austin M. Patterson Award was established in 1949 by the Dayton Section to acknowledge meritorious contributions in the field of chemical literature and especially documentation of chemistry. Dr. Patterson, the first recipient of the biennial award, was recognized for his leadership in organic chemical nomenclature and his work as editor of Chemical Abstracts. There were 13 additional recipients of this award, including E.J. Crane, who was editor of Chemical Abstracts from 1915-1958. Subsequently, there was a desire to honor and establish an award in his memory. In February 1975 the ACS Board of Directors accepted a proposal by the Dayton and Columbus Sections for a jointly sponsored Patterson-Crane Award. Through 2015 there have been 32 recipients of the joint award.

Criteria for the Award

Nominees should demonstrate outstanding achievement in the field of chemical information science. Contributions of international significance may relate to design, development, production, or management of chemical information systems or services; electronic access to and retrieval of chemical information; critically evaluated data compilations; information technology applications in chemistry; or other significant chemical documentation, including production of original works, editorial work, or chemical library work. A nominee does not have to be an ACS member.


Nominations must be in writing and should include the nominee's contributions to the field and an evaluation of his or her accomplishments. A biography and bibliography of publications and presentations relevant to the award and supporting the nomination should be enclosed. Seconding letters are required. Nominations and seconding letters may be submitted via email.

Selection Jury

The Patterson-Crane Award Selection Jury consists of three members of the Columbus Section, three members of the Dayton Section, and the Chair of the American Chemical Society's Division of Chemical Information (or his or her designated representative).

Presentation of the Award

The award is presented biennially in odd-numbered years during May or June. If appropriate, the award dinner is held in conjunction with a Regional Meeting or a chemical information symposium.

Past Recipients of the Award

1949 - Austin M. Patterson

1951 - Arthur B. Lamb

1953 - E. J. Crane

1955 - Howard S. Nutting

1957 - Melvin G. Mellon

1959 - Leonard T. Capell

1961 - G. Malcolm Dyson

1963 - W. Albert Noyes Jr.

1965 - Elmer Hockett

1967 - Melville L. Wolfrom

1969 - Herman Skolnik

1971 - Charles D. Hurd

1973 - Pieter E. Verkade

1975 - William J. Wiswesser

1977 - Benjamin H. Weil

1979 - Dale B. Baker

1981 - W. Conard Fernelius

1983 - Eugene Garfield

1985 - Bruno J. Zwolinski

1987 - Kurt L. Loening

1989 - George E. Vladutz

1991 - David R. Lide, Jr.

1993 - Hideaki Chihara

1995 - Arthur E. Martell

1997 - Derek Horton

1999 - Stephen E. Stein

2001 - Gerard P. Moss

2003 - Robert J. Massie

2005 - Dr. Gilles Klopman

2007 - Dr. Gary D. Wiggins

2010  -  Dr. Peter Willett

2015 -  Stephen R. Heller

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