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Patterson-Crane Award

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).

About This Award

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 2010 there have been 31 recipients of the joint award.

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 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).

For previous years' winners, please see the Columbus Section website.

Criteria for Award

Nominees, who need not hold ACS membership, should demonstrate outstanding achievement in the documentation of chemistry, including original books or articles, reviews and bibliographies, histories, and biographies. In addition, 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, and 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.

Call for Nominations - 2018

We are now calling for nominations for the Patterson-Crane Award for 2018, which will be presented at the 49th Central Regional Meeting of the ACS in Toledo, OH (June 13-16, 2018). The award consists of a $3000 honorarium, a personalized commendation, and travel and lodging expenses.

Nominations for the award can be sent either in hard copy or via email.  The nominating letter should present the nominee's contributions to the field, as well as an evaluation of his/her accomplishments.  Materials supporting the nomination should include a biography and a bibliography of publications and presentations.  A seconding letter is required and may also be sent as hard copy or via email.

For more information or to submit nominating/seconding letters, please contact:

Dr. Steve Trohalaki, Chair, Patterson-Crane Award Committee
218 Greene St., Fairborn, OH 45324
Phone: (937) 878-0677

The deadline for nominations is 31 January, 2018.

The full call for nominations is given here (PDF).


The 2015 winner of the Patterson-Crane Award was Dr. Stephen R. Heller, Guest Researcher at NIST, for his work on the development of the IUPAC International Chemical Identifier. A brief biography is given here.


Award Ceremony

The 2015 ceremony was held in Columbus, OH on September 8th, 2015. Here are some photos: