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Chemical Society’s Medal Awarded to Dr. Herbert Levinstein

January 3, 1931
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Dr. Herbert Levinstein, of Manchester, the distinguished chemist, has been awarded the medal of the Society of Chemical Industry, a distinction which holds high place among scientific honours, and is one of the most coveted scientific honours of the world. The Journal of the Society, in making the announcement, says.

Dr. Levinstein’s undoubted claim to the society’s medal is his capable and valuable work in the dyestuff industry. Already occupying an important position in the dyestuff industry during the lifetime of his father, Mr. Ivan Levinstein (a President of the Society of Chemical Industry), when the latter died, in 1916, Dr. Levinstein shouldered the heavy burden of work and responsibility then confronting him. These were strenuous times, for the makers of dyestuffs were not only turning out dyestuffs but munitions of war as well, in spite of obstacles that five years previously would have been considered insuporable. This has been his greatest and finest piece of work, his twenty years of devotion to the dyestuff industry, and it is this which has caused the society to confer upon him the distinction of its medal”.

Dr. Levinstein did much valuable work during the war on the Chemical’ Warfare Committee, and became known as one of the greatest poison gas experts on the Allied side.

Dr. Levistein, who is the eighteenth recipient of the honour, is a Past President of the Society of Chemical Industry and also of the Society of Dyers and Colourists and the British Association of Chemists.

The medal is awarded not more frequently than once every two years for “conspicuous services to applied chemistry by research, discovery, invention, or improvement”. The presentation of the medal will be made during the jubilee celebrations of the Society of Chemical Industry to be held in London next summer.

Dr. Ludwig Mond, the father of the late Lord Melchett, was one of the previous holders of the medal.

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