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Henry Hill Award

Posted by acsprofessionalrelations on January 19, 2011 at 4:03 PM

by Lisa Balbes

Helen M. Free has been selected to receive the 2011 Henry Hill Award. Dr. Free, the 1993 President of ACS, has had a long and rewarding career as a highly successful clinical chemist while greatly advancing professionalism among chemists and promoting greater public awareness of the contributions of chemistry to society.

The award recognizes people who have served the profession in a unique and distinguished manner, and will be presented at the ACS spring national meeting in Anaheim on Tuesday, March 22rd, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. (location not yet available at press time - check acsprof.org.)

She has been recognized as both an inventor and for her public outreach programs on behalf of chemistry. She was awarded the ACS Garvan Medal for Distinguished Service to Chemistry, and the 2009 National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama.

Helen Free has served as a role model for women chemists, retirees and BS/BA chemists. As the first non-Ph.D. ACS President in 1993, Helen continued in the tradition of other presidents advancing the cause of professionalism, particularly with employment conditions for chemists and advising others on how to succeed in their chemistry careers. She has also been actively involved in efforts to promote chemistry to the general public.

She has been involved in several chemistry awareness programs through the International Chemistry Celebration, National Chemistry Week, National Science and Technology Week, the National Chemical Historical Landmark Program, and Medical Laboratory Week.

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