Organic 'Speed Reads' | August 10, 2009 Issue - Vol. 87 Issue 32 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 87 Issue 32 | p. 44 | Awards
Issue Date: August 10, 2009 Organic 'Speed Reads'

Department: ACS News

The Nobel Foundation's website,, is offering short, 300–500-word articles on all 23 Nobel Prizes that have been awarded in organic chemistry. The landing page for the project is

These "Speed Reads" are aimed at a general readership and can be used to introduce the field to nonspecialists. "Obviously, the categorization of prizes is a nonexact science, and other prizes could arguably have been included, but these 23 could be said to represent the main organic chemistry Nobel Prizes so far," says Adam Smith, editor-in-chief of

The articles are conveniently organized under the following categories: "Chemistry of Natural Products," "Methodologies in Organic Chemistry," "Polymer Chemistry," and "General Organic Chemistry." The project was supported by a grant from the Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation.


Linda Raber compiled this week's section. Announcements of awards may be sent to Linda Wang at

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