For the first time in its 108-year history, the Perkin Medal has been awarded for efforts in green chemistry. The award, widely acknowledged as America's highest honor for applied chemistry, was presented on September 16, 2014 to John C. Warner at a dinner hosted by SCI (Society for Chemical Industry).
Warner, president and chief technology officer of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, received the award for his invention and commercialization of chemical technologies across a diversity of industries that are higher performing, more efficient and safer. Hailed as one of the founders of Green Chemistry, he co-authored the textbook Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice with Paul Anastas, regarded as the defining text on the design, development, and evaluation processes central to Green Chemistry, in which the authors first introduced the "Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry."
Together with Jim Babcock, he founded the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry in 2007. Dedicated to the development of non-toxic, environmentally benign, and sustainable technological solutions for society, the institute aims to help businesses achieve greater efficiencies and higher performance through more sustainable technological solutions.