Herbert P. Broida Prize

To recognize and enhance outstanding experimental advancements in the fields of atomic and molecular spectroscopy or chemical physics. The prize consists of $5,000, an allowance for travel to the award ceremony, and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient. The first prize was awarded in 1980 and every odd numbered year thereafter.

Establishment & Support

The prize was established in 1979 as a memorial to and in recognition of the accomplishments of Herbert P. Broida, late Professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It is supported by the friends and colleagues of Herbert P. Broida.

Rules & Eligibility

The prize is awarded to one individual in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the field of atomic and molecular spectroscopy or chemical physics. Emphasis will be given to work done within the five years prior to the awarding of the prize. Preference will be granted to an individual whose contributions have displayed a high degree of breadth, originality and creativity. Nominations are active for three years (two nomination cycles).

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Friday, July 1, 2016

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.

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 on 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: Martin Zanni (Chair), Mike Ashfold (2015 recipient), Ben McCall, Ron Walsworth, Susanne Yellin (Vice Chair)

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.