Awards & Winners

John Polanyi

Date of Birth 23-January-1929
Place of Birth Berlin
Nationality Hungary, Canada, Germany
Also know as J. C. Polanyi, John Charles Polanyi
Profession Scientist, Chemist
John Charles Polanyi, PC CC FRSC OOnt FRS is a Hungarian-Canadian chemist who won the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for his research in chemical kinetics. Polanyi was educated at Manchester University, and did postdoctoral research at the National Research Council in Canada and Princeton University in New Jersey. Polanyi's first academic appointment was at the University of Toronto, and he remains there as of 2014. In addition to the Nobel Prize, Polanyi has received numerous other awards, including 25 honorary degrees, the Wolf Prize in Chemistry and the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering. Outside of his scientific pursuits, Polanyi is active in public policy discussion, especially concerning science and nuclear weapons. His father, Mihály, was a noted chemist and philosopher. His uncle Karl was an economist.

Awards by John Polanyi

Check all the awards nominated and won by John Polanyi.


Nobel Prize in Chemistry
(for their contributions concerning the dynamics of chemical elementary processes)


Wolf Prize in Chemistry
(for his studies of chemical reactions in unprecedented detail by developing the infrared chemiluminiscence technique, and for envisaging the chemical laser.)