John Scott Medal

John Scott Medal

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John Scott—described by historians as “a biographer’s nightmare”—was a pharmacist in Edinburgh who probably never set foot in the New World. In 1813, however, he revised his will to include funds for the John Scott Legacy Medal and Premium, to be presented by the city of Philadelphia to men and women whose inventions improved the "comfort, welfare, and happiness of human kind" in a significant way. The first Scott medal was awarded in 1822
This is the medal that Leo Baekeland received in 1910. The inscription on the obverse reads: “AWARDED BY THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA.” That on the reverse reads: THE JOHN SCOTT MEDAL – TO THE MOST DESERVING” and “TO / LEO H. BAEKELAND / for his / INVENTION OF BAKELITE / on the recommendation of the / FRANKLIN / INSTITUTE / 1910.”
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
John Scott Medal
medal
date made
1910
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 cm x 10.2 cm; 13/32 in x 4 1/32 in
ID Number
1982.0034.33a
catalog number
1982.0034.33a
accession number
1982.0034
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. William Karraker
subject
Bakelite
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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