The recipient of the 2017 Paul R. Jones Outstanding Paper Award of the Division of the History of Chemistry of the American Chemical Society is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Carmen Giunta, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY. The paper was “Isotopes: Identifying the Breakthrough Publication,” Bulletin of the History of Chemistry, v42 (issue2), 2017, pp. 103-111. The award is presented to the author of the best paper published in the Bulletin for the History of Chemistry during the previous three years, 2015, 2016, 2017.
The Paul R. Jones Outstanding Paper Award consists of an engraved plaque and a check for $250 and a book award plus a check for $150 from the Science History Institute. Additional information about the award can be found on the HIST website at
The following is the Press Release from the Bulletin for the History of Chemistry:
The winner of the Best Paper Award for 2017 is Emeritus Professor Carmen
Giunta of the Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. The paper was “Isotopes:
Identifying the Breakthrough Publication.” Bulletin of the History of Chemistry,
volume 42, number 2, 2017 pp. 103-111. This paper is the result of work for the
History of Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society Citation for
Chemical Breakthrough Award that Carmen performed in connection with the
award for “Isotopes”, which was awarded to the University of Glasgow for
Frederick Soddy’s publication in Nature (92, 399-400 (1913)).
Carmen Giunta received his B.S. in Chemistry (summa cum laude with Honors)
from the University of Scranton in 1982. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical
Physics from Harvard University in 1989. After serving as a Post-Doctoral Fellow
for a year at Harvard, he joined Le Moyne College in 1990. He is currently
Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Le Moyne.
Carmen developed an interest in the History of Chemistry early in his academic
career and joined the ACS Division of the History of Chemistry in 1996. By 2002
he was serving as an Alternate Councilor. He was very active in planning
symposia. I fondly remember the one on “200 Years of Atoms in Chemistry: From
Dalton’s Atoms to Nanotechnology” at the 2008 ACS meeting in Philadelphia.
Another great symposium was held in Anaheim in 2011 on “What’s in a Name?
Histories of Units and Constants.” Carmen has served on the ACS Committee on
Nomenclature, Terminology, and Symbols from 2008 through 2019.
In 2011, Carmen Giunta became the Editor of the Bulletin for the History of
Chemistry. He had been a regular contributor to the Bulletin and was the
unanimous choice to succeed Paul R. Jones.