Leighton Memorial Medal

Awarded in recognition of eminent services to chemistry in Australia in the broadest sense. The Leighton Memorial Medal commemorates the distinguished career of A E Leighton.

The Award was established in 1965 through the generosity of his daughter, Miss Anne Leighton. It is the RACI's most prestigious medal. AE Leighton CMG, FRIC, FRACI MIChemE, died in 1961 after a distinguished career as a chemist, technologist and administrator, in which he had served Australia's interests in both war and peace.

He was a staunch supporter of the RACI and during his frequent visits to England in the early years of the RACI, carried out an enormous amount of work to secure the RACI's Royal Charter. He was in the first group of Fellows elected (June 1920), served as Victorian Branch President in 1920-22 and was President of the RACI in 1952-53.

The Leighton Medal, designed by the internationally famous medallionist Andor Meszaros, is of sterling silver showing a profile of Leighton on the obverse, and a design symbolising chemical industry on the reverse.

Candidates may apply or be nominated. The candidate must be a MRACI CChem with a minimum membership of 5 years.


Nominations open 1 April 2021 and close 25 June 2021. The submission requirement is a current CV, a summary/synopsis of activities including research, technology, service to the RACI, public service and national leadership plus email and telephone contacts of no more than four referees.  Please email in a single PDF document to [email protected] for the attention of Robyn Taylor no later than 25 June 2021.  Receipt will be acknowledged by return email.

Click here to download the award criteria.

The decision of the judges will be subject to the approval of the RACI Board. The Board decision is final and no discussions or correspondence will be entered into.



Paul Haddad
Leo Radom AC
Curt Wentrup
Mark Humphrey
M Buntine
I Rae
      R.O. (Bob) Watts
      M Crossley
      M Hearn
      M Garson
      L Field





Paul Haddad

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