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Richard J. Bolte Sr. Award for Supporting Industries

Whether it is by providing laboratory space, moving freight around the world, or creating software to help in the lab, supporting industries make possible much of the science on which we rely.

To honor those who provide products or services vital to the continuing growth and development of the chemical and molecular sciences community, the Science History Institute created the Richard J. Bolte Sr. Award for Supporting Industries in 2006. It took the name of the first winner of the award, the founder and chair of BDP International, and it is presented annually at Heritage Day, our annual celebration of the achievements and promise of the sciences and technologies that shape material culture.

Barry Siadat, cofounder of SK Capital Partners, received this year’s Bolte Award on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

Watch the Bolte Award presentation to Barry Siadat here:

2022 Awardee: Barry Siadat


Barry Siadat headshot

Courtesy of Barry Siadat

For more than four decades, Barry Siadat has been an inventor, innovator, business leader, and investor in the specialty chemicals and materials industries. He holds more than two dozen patents and is the author of over 20 scientific publications, as well as several business and management articles. From 1978 to 1995, Siadat held a variety of technical, marketing, and business management positions with WR Grace & Co., including vice president of corporate technology. In 1995 he joined AlliedSignal, where he was corporate vice president and chief growth officer and later president of Avient Technologies. Since December 2000 he has led a variety of private control investments in specialty chemicals, specialty materials, and pharmaceutical companies, and has been the lead investor and chair of more than a dozen privately held companies. He is currently chairman of several boards for such organizations as Ascend Performance Materials, Archroma, SI Group, and Venator Materials PLC, and serves on the board of directors at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. He previously served as board chairman for Aristech Acrylics.

Siadat earned a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, as well as an MS in polymer science and engineering and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts (UMass).

In addition to being honored with the 2022 Richard J. Bolte Sr. Award for Supporting Industries, Sadiat has also received the 2012 UMass College of Engineering Outstanding Senior Alumni Award, the 2014 UMass Distinguished Achievement Award, and the 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering.

Previous Winners of the Bolte Award

  • Steven Holland (2020)
  • Frederick Frank (2019)
  • W. Graham Richards (2018)
  • Peter Young (2017)
  • Roy Eddleman (2016)
  • Abdulaziz Al-Zamil (2015)
  • Atsushi Horiba (2014)
  • Alan G. Walton (2013)
  • G. Steven Burrill (2012)
  • Lawrence Evans (2011)
  • Berdon Lawrence (2010)
  • David and Alice Schwartz (2009)
  • Jerry Sudarsky (2008)
  • Eugene Garfield (2007)
  • Richard J. Bolte Sr. (2006)