Millson Award for Invention

Henry E. Millson was a noted inventor, and head of dyes research for American Cyanamid. He was the 1958 recipient of the distinguished AATCC Olney Medal. He provided an award endowment in 1979, with the stipulation that he never be considered a candidate. After agreeing to that condition, the Association promptly named the award in his honor.

The Millson Award for Invention recognizes inventions in the textile field. The invention should be recognized as an innovation, and will be judged solely on its merits and its impact on the U. S. textile, fiber, polymer, and medical industries.

It is not necessary that the invention be patented.

The award is not limited to citizens of the United States or to members of AATCC, and it may be given to more than one individual. It may also be given posthumously.

Nominees need not be AATCC members.  Originally an annual award, it is now presented every three years (beginning in 2010) at the AATCC’s Textile Discovery Summit.

The Millson Award comes with a plaque and US$1,000 honorarium.

Milson Award Nomination Form

Submit nomination letter or completed form to:

Diana A. Wyman
PO Box 12215
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2215

phone: +1 919 549 3532
fax: +1 919 549 8933


1980 Samuel Smith- Invention: Soil release finishes

1981 L. Russell Maguire- Invention: Flowtrue Logroll

1982 George M. Bryant and Andrew T. Walter- Invention: FFT (Foam Finishing Technology)

1983 Valentin Appenzeller- Invention: Swimming roll pad

1984 Victor T. Fahringer (posthumously)- Invention: Jet dyeing machine

1985 Herman B. Goldstein- Invention: Process for the manufacture of DMDHEU

1986 Andrew G. Pierce Jr., and John G. Frick, Jr.- Invention: Magnesium chloridehydroxy acid mixed catalyst systems in durable press finishing

1987 Dietrich R. Hildebrand- Invention: Fundamentals of chemical and physico-chemical properties, reaction kinectics and techniques of application of dyes

1988 Hugh R. Davidson and Henry Hemmendinger- Invention: Color matching computer systems

1989 Winfried T. Holfeld- Invention: Improved the dye uniformity of nylon and polyester fabrics

1990 Ulrich Meyer- Invention: Tracing the cause of catalytic damage to cotton fabrics during peroxide bleaching and largely eliminating the problem

1991 Wolfhard Beckmann- Invention: Rationalization of dyeing process

1992 Sueo Kawabata- Invention: Kawabata Evaluation System (KES) – textile testing devices

1993 Bernard F. North- Invention: Advancement of resin finishing technology including ultra low and formaldehyde free applications

1994 Angelo J. Sabia- Invention: Development of surfactants and silicone softeners

Recipients of Millson Award 2

1995 Dr. Fredgar Hoffman- Invention: Development of the system of “K” values for dyes and
auxiliaries and for rate of constants for fibers

1996 Wilhelm Christ- Invention: Airflow jet dyeing machine

1997 John D. Turner- Invention: Durable press finishes to 100% cotton garments

1998 William H. Stewart- Invention: Ink jet printing of carpeting

1999 Paul W. Mickler- Invention: Vacuum slot technology for textile finishing

2000 I. D. Rattee and W. E. Stephen- Invention: Fiber reactive dyes

2001 Stephanie Kwolek- Invention: Kevlar

2002 Max A. Weaver- Invention: Development of heterocyclic Azo dyes for polyesters and polyamides

2003 Neal E. Franks- Invention: Lyocell fiber (Tencel)

2004 Roger Bacon and Leonard Singer- Invention: Development of high performance carbon fibers

2005 David M. Lewis and C. Douglas Weston- Invention: Cumulative body of inventions in reactive dyes and their applications

2006 David A. Offord- Invention: Nanotechnology for oil and water repellent finishing for textiles

2007 W. L. Gore and Robert Gore- Invention: Discovery of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) and its applications

2008 John R. Provost and Wim Prinsen- Invention: Development of the first commercially available inkjet printer for textile fabrics

2009 Nester B. Knoepfler- Invention: Development of flame retardant treatment of cotton batting during the 1970s

Recipients of Millson Award 3 (After this year, award goes to three years.)

2012 U.S. Marine Corp Systems Command and US Army Natick Solder Research, Development and Engineering Center- Invention: Their collaborative work developing camouflage patterns to improve combat effectiveness from counter surveillance in a variety of military environments.

2015 Under Armour- Invention: Creation and development of moisture-wicking athletic wear based on synthetic microfiber fabrics. The development of this athletic wear led to the formation and evolution of the company and popularized a new category of sporting apparel called performance wear.

2018 Patrick R. Gruber for developing a green chemistry-based continuous process for producing poly(lactic acid) fibers known as PLA.  Gruber is currently CEO and board member at Gevo Inc., specializing in converting carbohydrates into low carbon chemicals and fuels, lessening reliance on petrochemical sources.

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