Patterson-Crane Award: Call for Nominations

Do you have a colleague whom you believe should be acknowledged for her/his work in chemical information? The Dayton and Columbus Sections of the American Chemical Society, which sponsor the Patterson-Crane Award, would like to hear from you.

The biennial award consists of a $3,000 honorarium and a personalized commendation and is to be presented in the spring of 2015 at an awards dinner to be held in Columbus, Ohio. The recipient is expected to give an address at the time of the award presentation.

Award Criteria:

Nominees, who need not hold ACS membership, should demonstrate outstanding achievement in the field of chemical information science. 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; 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.

Nominations for the award must be in writing and may be sent either in hard copy or via email. 

They should discuss the nominee's contributions to the field as well as an evaluation of accomplishments. Materials supporting the nomination should include a biography and bibliography of publications and presentations. Seconding letters are required and may also be sent either in hard copy or via email.

Send the nomination materials to Dr. Steven Rosenthal, Chair of the Patterson-Crane Award Committee, ( or CAS, 2540 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43202-1505) for receipt by 31 January 2015. To receive more information about this award, contact Dr. Rosenthal (614-447-3600, ext. 2070 or

Nominations will be judged by a seven-member selection committee consisting of Dayton and Columbus Section members as well as the Chair of the American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Information.

The Patterson-Crane Award 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), who were both Editors of Chemical Abstracts Service.

Steven Rosenthal, Chair, Patterson-Crane Award Committee