Mukesh Ambani awarded Othmer Gold Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership


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Mumbai, 17th May 2016: Mr. Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing
Director of
Reliance Industries Limited, was conferred the prestigious Othmer Gold
Medal for his
entrepreneurial leadership that has resulted in the expansion of
India’s petroleum refining industry, creation of the Jamnagar
Refinery in Gujarat – the largest grassroots petroleum refinery in
the world, and path-breaking initiatives in oil and gas exploration.
The ( award was handed over to Mr. Ambani on May 16, the Heritage Day of
The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF), by Mr. Carsten Reinhardt,
President & CEO of CHF, and Mr. Raj Gupta, Chairman of Delphi
Automotive (formerly Chairman, President & CEO of Rohm and Hass).

Following the award ceremony at Philadelphia on Monday evening, Mr.
Ambani was feted at a glittering dinner by Mr. Tom Ridge, Pennsylvania
Governor and former Secretary of Homeland Security.Speaking at the
occasion, Mr. Ambani dedicated the award to the indomitable spirit of
his father, Dhirubhai Ambani, who went on to become a legend in his
lifetime, and to each and every member of the great Reliance Family.
It was Dhirubhai who encouraged Mr. Ambani to pursue chemical
engineering at a time when Reliance only dealt in textiles.

Talking about the interests of the people of India and the US, Mr.
Ambani said he was
confident that the two pluralist societies will be at the heart of a
new world of shared
prosperity and peace. “As I see the world in the 21st century, there
will be two very fiercely fought wars – one is a war for prosperity
and a better life, and the other is a war for talent and security. We
can win both these wars with a comprehensive India-US partnership.”

About the Chemical Heritage Foundation
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technology in society. Our staff and fellows study the past in order
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About the Othmer Gold Medal
The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) established the Othmer Gold
Medal in 1997 to honour outstanding individuals who have made
multifaceted contributions to our chemical and scientific heritage
through outstanding activity in such areas as innovation,
entrepreneurship, research, education, public understanding,
legislation, or philanthropy.

The medal commemorates Donald Othmer (1904–1995), noted researcher,
editor, engineer, inventor, philanthropist, professor, and co-editor
of the Kirk-Othmer
Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. The medal is presented annually
and co-sponsored by the CHF and its four affiliated organisations: the
American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Institute of Chemical
Engineers (AIChE), The Chemists’ Club, and the Société de Chimie
Industrielle (American

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