Will Allis Prize for the Study of Ionized Gases

The prize consists of $10,000 and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient. An allowance will be provided for travel expenses of the recipient to the meeting of the Society at which the prize is bestowed. The prize is awarded in even-numbered years.

Establishment & Support

The prize was established in 1989 by contributions from American Telephone and Telegraph, General Electric, General Telephone and Electronics, International Business Machines, and Xerox Corporations in recognition of the outstanding contributions of Will Allis to the study of ionized gases.

Rules & Eligibility

Nominations are open to scientists of all nations regardless of the geographical location at which the work was done. The prize shall ordinarily be awarded to one person but the prize may be shared when all recipients have contributed to the same accomplishment. Nominations are active for three years.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2017

The nomination package 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.

The online nominations system will open toward the end of 2016. Watch for email and website announcements that the site is open to accept new nominations and update material for continuing nominations.

Selection Committee Members: James Lawler (Chair), Gregory Hebner, David Graves, James Colgan, Morty Khakoo

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.