Francis M. Pipkin Award

To honor exceptional research accomplishments by a young scientist in the interdisciplinary area of precision measurement and fundamental constants and to encourage the wide dissemination of the results of that research. The award is given biennially every odd-number year and consists of $2,000 plus support of travel expenses to the APS Meeting at which the award is conferred.

Establishment & Support

The award was established in 1997 by the Topical Group on Precision Measurement and Fundamental Constants in memory of Francis M. Pipkin, an enthusiastic and active member of the topical group whose wide interests in physics included experiments in condensed matter, nuclear, high energy, and atomic, molecular and optical physics, always with a special interest in precision measurements. The award has been endowed by contributions from family members, friends, students, and colleagues of Frank Pipkin.

Rules & Eligibility

Scientists who have held the Ph.D. degree for not more than 15 years prior to the nomination deadline are eligible for the award. The award recipient will be selected on the basis of outstanding work in the area of precision measurement and fundamental constants, as represented by his or her publications and three nominating letters. Any APS member, not a member of the award Selection Committee, may submit a nominations. The nomination packet should include:

  1. A letter from the nominator citing the significance of the nominees accomplishments to the field of precision measurement and fundamental constants.
  2. Curriculum vitae for the nominee, including dates of academic degrees.
  3. Two letters seconding the nomination.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2016

The nomination package must include:

  • A letter on 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 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 uploaded 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 link above and log into the form using the email address and password you used to create your nominator account.

2017 Selection Committee Members: Thad Walker (Chair), Fred Wietfeldt (Vice Chair), Andrei Derevianko, Holger Mueller, Tanya Zelevinsky

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.

2015 Recipient

Holger Mueller
University of California, Berkeley


Past Recipients

2013: Randolf Pohl
2011: Michael Romalis
2009: Zheng-Tian Lu
2007: David DeMille
2005: Ronald L. Walsworth
2003: Eric A. Hessels
2001: Jens H. Gundlach
1999: Steven Keith Lamoreaux