Inaugural award for soft matter chemist

Soft matter specialist George Whitesides of Harvard University is to be the first recipient of the Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences. The prize of $250,000 will be awarded every two years by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation in recognition of exceptional and original research in a selected area of chemistry that has advanced the field significantly. Whitesides' innovative research has had a sustained impact on chemistry and materials science making him one of the most highly cited living chemists in the world.