Joseph F. Keithley Award For Advances in Measurement Science

To recognize physicists who have been instrumental in the development of measurement techniques or equipment that have impact on the physics community by providing better measurements. The prize consists of $5,000 and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient. It is presented annually.

Establishment & Support

This award is endowed by Keithley Instruments, Inc. and the Topical Group on Instrument and Measurement Science (GIMS). The award honors Joseph F. Keithley for his outstanding contributions and numerous accomplishments in area of sensitive and precision instrument development and measurement techniques.

Rules & Eligibility

This Award will be made annually to one or a few individuals working in the same area for outstanding advances in measurement science or products that impact the physics community by providing better measurements. Nominations are active for 3 years.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Friday, July 1, 2016

The nomination must include:

  • A letter of not more than 5,000 characters evaluating the qualifications of the nominee(s).

In addition, the nomination should include:

  • A biographical sketch.
  • A list of the most important publications.
  • At least two, but not more than four, seconding letters.
  • Up to five reprints or preprints.

There may be additional requirements for particular prizes and awards. Please read the rules carefully.

To complete a nomination click here for the electronic submission form. All files should be in PDF format. Letters can be signed electronically (for example, using an embedded facsimile) or physically. In the latter case, they should be digitally scanned. Filenames should include the name of the nominee.

For updating an existing nomination, please click the above link and log into the form using the email address and password you used to create your nominator account.

Selection Committee Members: Charles Agosta, Chair; Veerle Keppens; Daniel Pierce; Fedor Balakirev; Barry Zink

Nomination Guidelines


Serving a diverse and inclusive community of physicists worldwide is a primary goal for APS. Nominations of qualified women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and scientists from outside the United States are especially encouraged.

2016 Recipient

Albert Migliori
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Albert Migliori



Past Recipients

2015: Daniel T. Pierce
          John Unguris
          Robert J. Celotta
2014: Franz J. Giessibl
2013: David McClelland
          Nergis Mavalvala
          Roman Schnabel
2012: Andreas Mandelis
2011: Ian Walmsley
2010: Eugene Ivanov
2009: Robert Schoelkopf
2008: Bjorn Wannberg
2007: Kent D. Irwin
2006: Frances Hellman
2005: E. Dwight Adams
2004: Virgil Bruce Elings
2003: Arthur Ashkin
2002: Robert J. Soulen, Jr.
2001: James E. Faller
2000: Calvin Forrest Quate
          H. Kumar Wickramasinghe
1999: Simon Foner
1998: John Clarke