Willard Gibbs Medal

Willard Gibbs Medal

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William A. Converse, a director of the Dearborn Chemical Company, established the Willard Gibbs Medal (honoring a nineteenth-century professor of chemistry at Yale University) “To publicly recognize eminent chemists who, through years of application and devotion, have brought to the world developments that enable everyone to live more comfortably and to understand this world better." The presenter who announced the award to Leo Baekeland noted that “the chemical inventor... fills a new want as often as he does an old one... or he may even create a want where there was none before.” This is that medal The obverse has a portrait bust. The inscription on the reverse reads: “THE WILLARD GIBBS MEDAL / FOUNDED BY / WILLIAM A. CONVERSE / AWARDED TO / LEO. H. BAEKELAND / 1913 / BY THE CHICAGO SECTION / OF THE AMERICAN / CHEMICAL SOCIETY.”
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Object Name
Willard Gibbs Medal
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Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
Physical Description
gold (overall material)
brass (overall material)
overall: 55 mm; 2 5/32 in
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Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. William Karraker
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National Museum of American History
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