The Michigan Alumnus 434-435
DR. GOMBERG RECEIVES THE WILLIAM H. NICHOLS MEDAL
In recognition of his distinguished researches on triphenylmethyl and its analogues, Dr. Moses Gomberg, '90, M.S.'92, Sc.D. '94, Professor of Organic Chemistry in the University of Michigan, has been awarded the William II. Nichols Medal, given annually for the past ten years by the New York Section of the American Chemical Society for the most original and valuable research work in the field of chemistry. The medal was conferred upon at a meeting held in Rumford Hall, The Chemists' Club Auditorium, on Friday evening, March 6, 1914, with Dr. Allen Rogers, Vice- President of the Section, in the chair. The presentation address was deliv ered by Dr. Bernhard C. Hesse, Chairman of the New York Section of the Society, who said in part: "The purpose of this meeting of the New York Section of the American Chemical Society is to present the William H. Nichols Medal to the author of what has been determined by the Jury of the William H. Nichols Medal to be the best original paper contained in the pub lications of the American Chemical Society during the year 1913.
"Those acquainted with the published work of Professor Gomberg, our guest of honor this evening, recognize that his work fulfils and typifies the highest ideals of research. Starting out to obtain an answer to a definite problem in a carefully planned and definite way, he came across something new, unexpected and unusual. His patient, laborious and ingenious exam ination of this led to the work which has consumed much of his time and effort for the past eighteen years and has given to chemistry a new class of substances—triphenylmethyl and its derivatives.
Professor Gomberg, it is my privilege as Chairman of the New York Section of the American Society now to place in your hands this, the tenth irold impression of the William H. Nichols Medal, as a token of the appreciation and esteem in which we hold your work as a chemist and the encouraging example you have thereby given for all who engage in research."
In acknowledgement of the medal, Professor Gomberg then presented an address on "The Existence of Free Radicals," in which he gave the first complete review of his eighteen years' investigations, and drew conclusions based upon the results of his work. A large number of papers representing the different stages of these investigations have appeared in the Journal of the Society from time to time, and Professor Gomberg is now preparing a complete review of his work to date.
A further distinction was conferred upon Professor Gomberg when he was elected a member of the National Academy of Science at a meeting held at Washington, D. C., in April.