Dr. Geraldine (Geri) Richmond, a renowned professor of chemistry at the University of Oregon, is the 2019 winner of the Linus Pauling Legacy Award sponsored by OSU Libraries and Press. Dr. Richmond is a Presidential Chair in Science at UO in addition to being a chemistry professor, has won many previous awards for her research and has led efforts to help women advance in scientific fields.
Several previous recipients of the Pauling award were Nobel Prize winners. Richmond is the 10th winner of the prestigious award.
The Pauling Award recognizes outstanding achievement in a subject of interest to Linus Pauling, the famous scientist, peace activist, two-time Nobel laureate and OSU graduate. The papers of Pauling and his wife, Ava Helen Pauling, are held by OSU Libraries Special Collections and Archives Research Center.
“I was speechless — which is rare for me — when I got the call and was told that I had won the Linus Pauling Legacy Award,” said Richmond. “I kept saying ‘Wait, can you say that again?’ Linus Pauling is really my Oregon role model, with his amazing contributions to both science and humanity. I am truly honored and look forward to coming up to Oregon State for the award ceremony and seeing his collection at the library.”
Members of the award selection committee speak glowingly of Richmond. Mary Jo Nye, OSU Professor Emeritus of History, History of Science, stated that "Geraldine Richmond’s chemical research on molecular structure and atmospheric chemistry is award-winning, as is her role in teaching and encouraging women in the sciences, complemented by her dedicated professional service."
Richard Van Breemen, director of the Linus Pauling Institute at OSU said, "Geraldine Richmond’s research on surface chemistry has applications in energy production, environmental remediation and atmospheric chemistry that can impact human health."
Richmond’s research using laser spectroscopy and computational methods focusses on understanding environmentally and technologically important processes that occur at liquid surfaces.