On 25 November 2021, the awarding of The Edvīns Vedējs Prize took place during the General Meeting of the Latvian Academy of Sciences (LAS). Dr.chem. Marija Skvorcova was the first to receive the prize.
Edvīns Vedējs (Edwin Vedejs, 1941–2017) was a prominent organic chemist of Latvian origin, who worked in USA, and was a foreign member of the LAS. Edvīns Vedējs carried out remarkable studies on organic chemistry methodology. In the 1990s he started education of Latvian chemists in USA and Latvia. The Edvīns Vedējs Prize, established in 2021 together with the Riga Technical University Development Fund, is an award for young scientists for outstanding achievements in organic chemistry.
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