Gaston Planté Medal

In the eve of the first LABAT conference, on the initiative of the Organizing Committee of the conference, the Board of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences established – The Gaston Planté medal named after the inventor of the lead-acid battery.

On a special ceremony of each LABAT conference the Gaston Planté medal is awarded to a prominent scientist for his significant contribution to the lead-acid battery science and technology. The selection is made on a two-step procedure. First, all members of International Advisory committee send their rating of the three most distinguished scientists who should compete for this award. Second, the Nominating Planté Medal Committee summarizes all proposals, nominates the three highest ranked candidates for this award and raises the winner.

Four scientists (out of a total of 23 prominent battery experts proposed) have been ranked highest by the members of the two international committees of LABAT'2017. As there were two third-ranked candidates with equal number of rating points, both of them were nominated. The four nominees for the 2017 Gaston Planté Medal were:

  • Dr. Geno Papazov, IEES, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
  • Dr. Jun Furukawa, The Furukawa Battery Co., Ltd, Japan
  • Dr. Herbert Giess, Pyramid Vision Consulting, Switzerland
  • Dr. Robert Nelson, Recombination Technology, USA

Dr. Geno Papazov and Dr. Jun Furukawa received the greatest number of votes and become joint winners of the most respected accolade in the lead-acid battery industry - 2017 Gaston Planté Medal.

 

GASTON PLANTÉ MEDALLISTS

Up to now the Gaston Planté medal is awarded to:

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Dr. Ernst Voss, Varta Batterie AG, Germany

1989

Dr. Paul Ruetschi, Leclanche S.A., Switzerland

1993

Prof. Detchko Pavlov, CLEPS, Bulgaria

1994

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Dr. Kathryn Bullock, Medtronic Inc., USA

1996

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Dr. David A.J. Rand, CSIRO, Australia

1996

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Dr. Norman Bagshaw, NEB Consultants, UK

1999

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Mr. John Devitt, Consult. Electrical Engeneer, USA

1999

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 Dr. David Prengaman, RSR Corporation, USA

2002

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The International Lead Zinc Research Organization (ILZRO)

Dr. Jerome Cole, President of ILZRO

2002

Prof. Zen-Ihiro Takehara, Japan

2005

Dr. Patrick Moseley, ILZRO/ALABC, USA

2008

Dr. Lan Trieu Lam – CSIRO, Australia

2011

Mr. Kenneth Peters – Battery Consultant, UK

2011

Dr. Boris Monahov – ALABC/ILZRO, USA

2014

Dr. Eberhard Meissner – Johnson Controls Power Solutions EMEA, Germany

2014

Dr. Geno Papazov – IEES, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria

2017

Dr. Jun Furukawa – The Furukawa Battery Co., Ltd, Japan

2017