Alfred Bader Prizes

The deadline for entries for those wishing to compete for the Award for Organic Chemistry (CAB-I) was set on June 15 (or date of postmark). The deadline for the Award for Bioinorganic and Bioorganic chemistry (CAB-II) is, correspondingly, March 31.

Prizes for young Czech Organic and Bio-organic chemists (established by A. Bader. Alfred Bader, well-known chemist, self-made millionaire, founder of Aldrich, philanthropist and collector of Flemish masters).
Since 2002, two prizes may be awarded annually, one for organic chemistry (CAB-I) and the other for bioorganic and bioinorganic chemistry (CAB-II).

Prize statute and regulations Rules for applicants (in Czech)

CAB I 2016 Mgr. Jiří Kaleta, Ph. D. (34), Ústav organické chemie a biochemie AV ČR v.v.i.
CAB II 2016 Hana Macíčková-Cahová, Ph.D. (35), Ústav organické chemie a biochemie AV ČR v.v.i. Praha

CAB II 2015 Aleš Imramovský, (35), Univerzita Pardubice

CAB I 2014 Pospíšil Jiří, RNDr. Ph.D., (35), Laboratoř růstových regulátorů, Institut Experimentální Botaniky AV ČR & UP Olomouc
CAB II 2014 Havlík Martin, Ing. Ph.D., (34), VŠCHT Praha

CAB I 2013 Beier Petr, Ing., Ph.D., Ústav organické chemie a biochemie AV ČR v.v.i. Praha
CAB II 2013 Hrubý Martin, Mgr., Ph.D., ÚMCH AV ČR v.v.i Praha

CAB I 2012 Veselý Jan, RNDr., Ph.D. (34) Přírodovědecká fakulta UK Praha
CAB II 2012 Cígler Petr, Mgr., Ph. D. (33) Ústav organické chemie a biochemie AV ČR v.v.i. Praha

CAB I 2010 Šindelář Vladimír, doc.Ing., Ph.D., Přírodovědecká fakulta MU v Brně
CAB II 2010 Zimčík Petr, PharmDr., Ph.D., Farmaceutická fakulta UK v Hradci Králové

CAB I 2009 Teplý Filip, Mgr, Ph.D., (33), Ústav organické chemie a biochemie AV ČR v.v.i.
CAB II 2009 Kotek Jan, RNDr. , Ph.D.( 33) Přírodovědecká fakulta UK Praha

CAB-I 2008 Růžička Aleš, doc. Ing., Ph.D. ( 34), Univerzita Pardubice
CAB-II 2008 Bříza Tomáš, Ing., PhD (31), VŠCHT Praha

CAB-I 2007 Hanusek Jiří, doc. Ing. PhD. (32), Univerzita Pardubice
CAB-II 2007 Rejman Dominik, Ing. CSc. (33), Ústav organické chemie a biochemie AV ČR, Praha

CAB-I 2006 Štěpnička Petr , doc. RNDr. PhD. (33), Přírodovědecká fakulta UK, Praha
CAB-II 2006 cena nebyla udělena

CAB-I 2005 Cibulka Radek, Ing., PhD (32), Ústav organické chemie VŠCHT, Praha
CAB-II 2005 Prokop Zbyněk, RNDr., PhD. (31), MU v Brně, Národní centrum pro výzkum biomolekul

CAB-I 2004 Hocková Dana Ing., PhD (34), Ústav organické chemie a biochemie AV ČR, Praha
CAB-II 2004 Dolenský Bohumil, Ing., PhD. (33), Ústav analytické chemie VŠCHT, Praha

CAB-I 2003 Kraus Tomáš Mgr., PhD (34), Ústav organické chemie a biochemie AV ČR, Praha
CAB-II 2003 Damborský Jiří, Mgr., Dr. (34), MU v Brně, Národní centrum pro výzkum biomolekul

CAB-I 2002 Vyskočil Štěpán, Mgr., PhD (31), Přírodovědecká fakulta UK, Praha
CAB-II 2002 Marek Radek , RNDr., PhD (34), MU v Brně, Přírodovědecká fakulta

2001 Pour Milan, doc. RNDr., PhD, (35), Farmaceutická fakulta UK, Hradec Králové
2000 Církva Vladimír, Dr. Ing., (32), Ústav chemických procesů AV ČR, Praha
1999 Hocek Michal, Ing. CSc., (29), Ústav organické chemie a biochemie AV ČR, Praha
1998 Hoskovec Michal, Ing., CSc., (35), Ústav organické chemie a biochemie AV ČR, Praha
1997 Lhoták Pavel, Ing. CSc., (34) Ústav organické chemie VŠCHT, Praha
1996 Havlíček Vladimír, Dr. Ing., (29) Mikrobiologický ústav AV ČR, Praha
1995 Smrčina Martin, RNDr., CSc., (34) KOCH Přírodovědecké fakulty University Karlovy, Praha
1994 Starý Ivo, RNDr., CSc., (33) Ústav organické chemie a biochemie AV ČR, Praha

Biography of the award holders

The Alfred Bader Prize is awarded on the initiative of and through the charitable financial support of Dr. Alfred Bader, a leading global chemist and businessman. He was, moreover, a connoisseur and collector of Flemish masters. Dr. Alfred Bader was born in Vienna in 1924 to a Czech Jewish aristocrat and a Hungarian officer. At the age of 14 he was sent to England to escape Nazi persecution. After the war, he was deported to Canada and interned. After his release, he studied chemistry at Queen 's University , Kingston, Ontario. After graduating in 1945, he went on to complete a scholarship at Harvard, where he worked on the chemistry of quinones with Louis Fieser and, in 1950, received a PhD. Bader joined the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company as a researcher in the department of colours in Milwaukee. In 1954, he was able to capitalise a patent for the preparation of bis-phenolic acid. As a result of this, PPG has received millions of dollars from the company Johnson Wax. Through this, he became the first young chemist to make it in business.

Already, at the time of his doctorate, he had problems with the retail purchase of chemicals. Therefore, he and a lawyer friend decided to establish the Aldrich Chemical Company, which sold chemicals prepared by students as part of their lab work. Despite initially having no business experience, and a mere $ 500 to start up, and some initial teething problems notwithstanding, the company has since grown.

Throughout the sixties, seventies and eighties they supported Czech chemists through bartering and by buying excess chemicals and samples. In this way, they were able to provide them with the firm's products. Aldrich, as a result, was used over the years by Dr. Bader to build up a catalogue of nearly 10 thousand items. In 1970, Aldrich teamed up with Sigma to serve biochemists. In 1968 Dr. Bader founded the world-renowned publication Aldrichimica Acta, which was to become an invaluable aid for chemists and remains so today.

Dr. Bader became one of the most successful and best-known chemists in the twin spheres of science and business. Scientifically, he subsequently focused on the application of modern methodologies in research into historical paintings, on which he also wrote a treatise. Dr. Bader, despite knowing only a few words of Czech, always stressed his Czech roots and is proud of them. In addition, he contributed to the rediscovery of the Czech-born Josef Loschmidt and of the value of his ideas in chemistry (such as the discovery of the structure of benzene) as well as establishing a permanent fund for the five best universities in the world for scholarships exclusively for Czech students. In addition, in 1994, Dr. Bader established the Alfred Bader Award, awarded annually by the Czech Chemistry Society to a young chemist, up to the age of 35, for work in organic and bioorganic chemistry. The prize is a premium of $ 3,000 gross, which Dr. Bader bears by far the largest part of the cost of. The award is subject to income tax.

Dr. Bader has been awarded the highest honours of the Czech Chemistry Society for his contributions to the development of Czech chemistry.