1898 Johannes Wislicenus. For his contributions to organic chemistry especially in the domain of stereochemical isomerism.
1897 John Hall Gladstone. For his numerous contributions to chemical science, and especially for his important work in the application of optical methods to chemistry.
1896 Henri Moissan. For the isolation of fluorine, and the use of the electric furnace in the preparation of refractory metals and their compounds.
1895 William Ramsay. For his share in the discovery of argon, and for his discoveries regarding gaseous constituents of terrestrial minerals.
1894 Per Theodor Cleve. For his researches on the chemistry of the rare earths.
1893 JH vant Hoff & JA Le Bel. In recognition of their introduction of the theory of asymmetric carbon, and its use in explaining the constitution of optically active carbon compounds.
1892 Francois Marie Raoult. For his researches on the freezing points of solutions, and on the vapour pressures of solutions.
1891 Victor Meyer. For his researches on the determination of vapour densities at high temperatures.
1890 Emil Fischer. For his discoveries in organic chemistry and especially for his researches on the carbo-hydrates.
1889 William Henry Perkin. For his researches on magnetic rotation in relation to chemical constitution.
1888 William Crookes. For his investigations on the behaviour of substances under the influences of the electric discharge in a high vacuum.
1887 John AR Newlands. For his discovery of the periodic law of the chemical elements.
1886 Jean Charles Galissard de Marignac. For his researches on atomic weights.
1885 Jean Servais Stas. For his researches on the atomic weights.
1884 Adolph Wilhelm Hermann Kolbe. For his researches in the isomerism of alcohols.
1883 Marcellin Berthelot and Julius Thomsen. For their researches in thermo-chemistry.
1882 D. Mendelejeff & Lothar Meyer. For their discovery of the periodic relations of the atomic weights.
1881 Adolf Baeyer. For his synthesis of indigo.
1880 Charles Friedel. For his researches on the organic compounds of silicon, and other investigations.
1879 Paul Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran. For his discovery of gallium.
1878 Louis Paul Cailletet & Raoul Pictet. For their researches, conducted independently, but contemporaneously, on the condensation of the so-called permanent gases.
1877 Robert William Bunsen and Gustav Robert Kirchhoff. For their researches & discoveries in spectrum analysis.