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William H. Nichols Award

Moses Gomberg
The Michigan Alumnus 434-435


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.