Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics

To recognize and encourage outstanding work in atomic physics or surface physics. The Prize consists of $5,000 and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient or recipients.

Establishment & Support

The Prize was established in 1965 by AT&T Bell Laboratories (now Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent Technologies) and with additional support from the Chope Family Trust.

Rules & Eligibility

This prize will normally be awarded in even numbered years for outstanding work in atomic physics and odd numbered years for outstanding work in surface physics. This prize shall ordinarily be awarded to one person, but may be shared when all recipients have contributed to the same accomplishments. Nominations are open to scientists of all nationalities regardless of the geographical site at which the work was done. Nominations are active for three cycles. The recipient for 2016 Prize will be selected for work done in the area of atomic physics.

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 above link and log into the form using the email address and password you used to create your nominator account.

2017 Selection Committee Members: TBD

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.