‘Almac McKervey Award’ for Excellence in Organic Chemistry
About the award
The ‘Almac McKervey Award for Excellence in Organic Chemistry’, is a commemoration to the life and work of one of Ireland’s most distinguished scientists, Professor Tony McKervey.
Born in Ederney, Co Fermanagh in 1938, Tony earned a degree in Chemistry from Queen’s University Belfast in 1961. A former Professor of Organic Chemistry at both University College Cork and Queen’s University Belfast, Tony founded Almac’s Sciences Business Unit in 1992 and continued to support Almac as a member of the Sciences’ senior management team until his passing in June 2017 at the age of 78.
Professor McKervey was an esteemed academic and an industry expert, having received the ASTRA Award of the Royal Dublin Society in 1986 and the Boyle-Higgins Gold Medal of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland in 1993. He also authored over 270 published research papers in world-renowned journals.
Almac McKervey Award 2022
In 2022, the award was made to Queen’s University Belfast’s MChem Chemistry student, Alex Olsen. Alex was awarded a £1,500 bursary towards his tuition fees and will join the Almac Sciences Process Development Chemistry group for 1 year industry placement.
Who can apply?
Open to students studying Chemistry or Medicinal Chemistry at the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, the ‘Almac McKervey Award’ will be presented to a student selected on the basis of academic achievement and performance at an interview with Almac’s chemistry experts.