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ACS established the National Historic Chemical Landmarks program in 1992 to enhance public appreciation for the contributions of the chemical sciences to modern life in the United States and to encourage a sense of pride in their practitioners. To date, the program has recognized 70 subjects in the United States and around the world.

ACS local sections, divisions or committees can nominate subjects for the program. To qualify, subjects must clearly represent seminal achievements in the history of chemistry; they must evidence significant impact and benefit to the public and the chemistry profession; and they must be at least 25 years old. ACS recognizes approximately three new Landmarks annually.

Recent achievements recognized through this program have included the development of fluorescent pigments, the legacy of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, and the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research. For a complete list of designated achievements or more information about the nomination and selection process, visit or contact the author at

Grants of up to $300 are available to assist Local Sections in hosting a Science Café in their community.  Deadline to apply is August 31, 5 PM Eastern Time. 

Please note if your Local Section received this mini-grant during a prior round and has already held the Science Cafe but did not sent a summary report, your section is not eligible to receive funds until the report is sent.

ACS Webinars coming in April, broadcasted live, every Thursday from 2-3 PM EST unless otherwise noted.



  • June 6, 2013

Green Chemistry with Dr. Joe Fortunak


  • June 13, 2013

Barrels of Chemistry: Understanding Oak and Wine


  • June 20, 2013

Building a Successful Social Enterprise


  • June 27, 2013

The Disappearing Spoon: Strange Tales from the Periodic Table of the Elements


For more information about our program, see below. 


About ACS Webinars™

ACS Webinars™ is a free, weekly online event serving to connect ACS members and scientific professionals with subject matter experts and global thought leaders in chemical sciences, management, and business. The ACS Webinars are divided into several series that address topics of interest to the chemical and scientific community; these series include careers, business and innovation, professional growth, joy of science, extreme chemistry, entrepreneurial initiative,  green chemistry, and more. Each webinar is 60 minutes in length, comprising a short presentation followed by Q&A with the speaker. The live webinars are held on Thursdays from 2-3pm ET. Recordings of the webinars are available online and upcoming events are posted at