Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics
To recognize and encourage outstanding interdisciplinary research in chemistry and physics, in the spirit of Irving Langmuir. This biennial prize consists of $10,000 and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient. In even-numbered years, the American Chemical Society selects the prize recipient and presents the prize. In odd-numbered years, the American Physical Society selects the prize recipient and presents the prize. An allowance is provided for travel expenses of the recipient to the meeting of the Society at which the prize is to be bestowed.
Establishment & Support
The prize was established in 1964 by the GE Foundation as a memorial to and in recognition of the accomplishments of Irving Langmuir. During his career at GE from 1909 to 1950, Langmuir received the 1932 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his discoveries and investigations in surface chemistry". In 2006, GE Global Research assumed sponsorship of the prize.
Rules & Eligibility
This prize is made to one person who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of chemical physics or physical chemistry within the ten years prior to the prize. The prize is granted without restriction. 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.
2017 Selection Committee Members: Bruce Kay (Chair), Janice Reutt-Robey (Vice Chair), Anne McCoy, Gil Nathanson, Jens K. Nørskov
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 RecipientJens K. Nørskov
Past Recipients2013: Wilson Ho
2011: Stephen Leone
2009: W.E. Moerner
2007: Gabor Somorjai
2005: David Chandler
2003: Phaedon Avouris
2001: Louis E. Brus
1999: Daniel Kivelson
1997: Jack Herschel Freed
1995: George Benedek
1993: J. David Litster
1991: Richard E. Smalley
1989: Frank H. Stillinger
1987: Martin Karplus
1985: Richard N. Zare
1983: Dudley R. Herschbach
1981: Willis H. Flygare
1979: Donald S. McClure
1977: Aneesur Rahman
1975: Robert H. Cole
1973: Peter M. Rentzepis
1971: Michael E. Fisher
1969: Charles P. Slichter
1967: John Clarke Slater
1965: J.H. Van Vleck