Abraham Pais Award for History of Physics Guidelines for Nomination

Anyone (not a member of the Selection Committee) may submit one nomination or seconding letter to the Chair of the Selection Committee in any given year. Nominators and seconders do not have to be members of the APS or of any other scholarly or professional society. Selection Committee members and current APS Forum on the History of Physics (FHP) Executive Committee members are not eligible for nomination for the Award. A nomination should include:

  • A letter of not more than 1,000 words evaluating the nominee's qualifications in light of the Selection Criteria and Eligibility for the Award and identifying the scholarly and further professional achievements to be recognized. The Selection Criteria and Eligibility are given in a posted description of the Award and also at the APS Prizes and Awards Web site. 
  • A list of the nominee's most important publications. Reprints or preprints of up to five of the nominee's articles may be included.
  • At least two seconding letters, but no more than four.
  • A biographical sketch.

To complete a nomination, visit the APS Prizes and Awards Web site at http://aps.org/programs/honors/prizes/pais.cfm 

If a nominee is considered for three consecutive review cycles without being selected for the Award, a completely new and updated nomination package must be submitted for the nominee to continue to be considered.

The name and address of the Chair of the Selection Committee can also be obtained from:

APS Honors Program
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740-3844
E-mail: honors@aps.org