In 1944, the Howes Publishing Company, publisher of the American Dyestuff Reporter endowed an award to recognise achievements in textile wet chemistry. The first recipient named was Dr. Louis Atwell Olney, the founder of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists. The award has been presented annually since 1944 and is regarded as the highest award bestowed by the AATCC.
1944 Louis Atwell Olney — Lowell Textile Institute, Lowell, MA
1945 Milton Harris — National Bureau of Standards, Washington
1946 William H. Cady — U.S. Finishing Co., MA
1947 Edward R. Schwarz — Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
1948 Harold M. Chase — Dan River Mills, Danville, VA
1949 Charles A. Seibert — DuPont Chemical Co., Deepwater, NJ
1950 George L. Royer — American Cyanamid, Bound Brook, NJ
1951 Raymond W. Jacoby — Ciba, Corp., Hoboken, NJ
1952 Werner von Bergen — Forstmann Woolen Co., Passaic, NJ
1953 Roland E. Derby Sr. — The Roland Derby Co.
1954 William D. Appel — National Bureau of Standards
1955 Miles A. Dahlen — DuPont Company
1956 Walter J. Hamburger — Fabric Research Laboratories
1957 P. J. Wood —Oriental Silk Printing Co., Paterson, NJ, Royce Chemical Co.
1958 Henry E. Millson — American Cyanamid
1959 Emery I. Valko — Lowell Technological Institute
1960 Arnold M. Sookne — Harris Research Laboratories
1961 Fred Fortess — Celanese Corporation of America
1962 Charles F. Goldthwait — North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
1963 Giuliana C. Tesoro — JP Stevens & Co.
1964 Richard O. Steele — Rohm & Haas Co.
1965 Herman F. Mark — Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn
1966 Wilson A. Reeves — US Department of Agriculture
1967 Edwin I. Stearns — American Cyanamid
1968 Harold P. Lundgren — US Department of Agriculture
1969-2011 See AATCC Awards
The Olney Medal, presented annually by AATCC
Courtesy Keith R. Beck 2006 Medalist
Billy Gardner, Steve Brooks, Professor Harold Freeman 2004 Medalist, Professor Peter Hauser, Fred Collins. Courtesy Harold Freeman
College of Textiles Dean Blanton Godfrey, Professor Keith Beck 2006 Medalist, Fred Collins, M Dohnen, Chair, Olney Committee. Courtesy Keith Beck