PHILADELPHIA, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Each year the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) presents awards to innovators and leaders in the molecular sciences on Heritage Day. This year's awardees, who were honored on May 15, represent the highest achievement in very different fields.
Ronald Breslow, University Professor at Columbia University, was this year's recipient of the American Institute of Chemists (AIC) Gold Medal. Breslow is known around the world for more than five decades of innovation in chemistry, including recent work in chemotherapy drugs. He is the author of more than 400 academic publications and the widely acclaimed book Chemistry Today and Tomorrow: The Central, Useful, and Creative Science.
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chairman and managing director, Biocon Limited, is this year's Othmer Gold Medalist. Mazumdar-Shaw was the first woman to become a brewmaster in India. She used her knowledge of fermentation to become one of the greatest entrepreneurs in the history of her nation. Biocon is India's leading maker of insulin, exporting to forty nations. In addition to her great success in business, she is among the world's leading philanthropists. She has devoted much of her personal fortune to providing healthcare to the poorest people in her country and to many other philanthropic projects.
Atsushi Horiba, chairman, president and CEO of Horiba Limited, is this year's winner of the Richard J. Bolte Sr. Award for Supporting Industries. For nearly a quarter century, Atsushi Horiba has led the company his father founded as it grew into one of the world leaders in analytical instrumentation, serving five continents with manufacturing and service operations around the world.
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