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The Perkin Medal is an award given annually by the Society of Chemical Industry (American Section) to a scientist residing in America for an "innovation in applied chemistry resulting in outstanding commercial development." It is considered the highest honor given in the US chemical industry.

Perkin Medal
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Awarded for Given annually in America for an "innovation in applied chemistry resulting in outstanding commercial development."
Date 1906 (1906)
Presented by Society of Chemical Industry (American Section)

The Perkin Medal was first awarded in 1906 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of mauveine, the world's first synthetic aniline dye, by Sir William Henry Perkin, an English chemist. The award was given to Sir William on the occasion of his visit to the United States in the year before he died. It was next given in 1908 and has been given every year since then.


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  8. ^ "SCI Awards Perkin Medal To Dow's Peter Trefonas". Chemical Processing. May 10, 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.