Richard J. Kerekes, Professor Emeritus in CHBE, was presented with the 2010 TAPPI Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal on May 4th in Atlanta, Georgia. The medal is TAPPI’s most prestigious annual award and carries a cash prize valued at over US $60,000. TAPPI is the leading association for the worldwide pulp, paper, packaging, and converting industries.
This award was established in 1985 to replace the TAPPI Gold Medal, which had been awarded from 1928 to 1984. It recognizes an individual who has created a preeminent scientific and engineering achievement that has proven commercial benefit to the world’s pulp, paper, board and forest products industries and other industries that TAPPI serves
“Dr. Kerekes’ contributions to research, technology and education for our industry over a 38-year period are exemplary and make him a deserving recipient for TAPPI’s highest honor,” said Larry N. Montague, President of TAPPI. “He has made numerous significant contributions to papermaking technology during his career, including founding the Pulp and Paper Centre at the University of British Columbia where he established a collaborative research program between Paprican and UBC. “To a remarkable degree, Dick has contributed to most all of the unit operations in papermaking, from stock chests to calenders,” said Gary A. Baum, 2009 Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Winner, who nominated Dr. Kerekes for the award. “His research has been characterized by a blend of solid science and the application of fundamental principles to the solution of practical problems.”
Dr Kerekes served as director of the UBC Pulp and Ppaer Centre from 1983 until his retirement from UBC in 2005. During this time he led the Centre’s research program, co-led establishment of a Pulp and Paper Master of Engineering Program; and founded an Advanced Papermaking Initiative in 1998 based on a CDN $8.5 million endowment from the Province of British Columbia. In 1999, Dr Kerekes received the John S Bates Memorial Gold Medal from the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada for his accomplishments