Leo Baekeland (1863-1944) earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Ghent when he was just 21 years old. A few years later, he won a competition open to recent graduates from Belgian universities. This gold medal is part of his prize. The obverse has a portrait bust facing left and “LEOPOLD II ROI / DES BELGES.” The reverse has “CONCOURS DE L’ENSEIGNEMENT SUPERIEUR DE 1886-1887” and “BAEKELANDT, L° / premier / en science / chimiques.” The HART, F.” inscription refers to the artist.

Date Made: delete1887

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Bakelite


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Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. William Karraker

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1982.0034.33bCatalog Number: 1982.0034.33bAccession Number: 1982.0034

Object Name: Medalmedal

Physical Description: gold (overall material)Measurements: overall: 4 cm; 1 9/16 in


Record Id: nmah_1764058

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