Norman F. Ramsey Prize in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, and in Precision Tests of Fundamental Laws and Symmetries

To recognize outstanding accomplishments in the two fields in which Norman Ramsey excelled: (1) Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, and (2) Precision Tests of Fundamental Laws & Symmetries. The Prize consists of a $10,000 check, a certificate citing accomplishments, and travel support for the recipient to attend the DAMOP annual meeting at which the prize is presented.

Establishment & Support

In Honor of Norman Ramsey

Norman Foster Ramsey, a Nobel Laureate in Physics (1989), was an outstanding figure in the world of physics. His scientific accomplishments include the invention of the ubiquitous separated oscillatory field method and the hydrogen maser. Ramsey was also an outstanding teacher, scientific statesman, and advocate for science and technology. He carried out his research with great passion, but also in a spirit of collegiality and fairness.

The Ramsey prize was established in 2017 with contributions from the family and friends of Norman Ramsey, individual donations from members of the American Physical Society, corporate sponsorship by TOPTICA and Thorlabs, and additional support from Menlo Systems. The Prize is jointly administered by the APS Topical Group on Precision Measurement and Fundamental Constants (GPMFC) and by the APS DAMOP, with each selecting 3 members of a selection committee, and alternating its chair selection year by year. The prize winner serves on the following year’s committee.

Rules & Eligibility

The prize is awarded annually for outstanding work in precision measurements of fundamental constants and tests of fundamental laws and symmetries or in atomic, molecular and optical physics. The prize shall ordinarily go to one individual, but may be shared with one or two others if this is clearly appropriate. Nominations are open to scientists of all nationalities regardless of the geographical site at which the work was done and nominations are active for three years. In keeping with the APS goal of serving a diverse and inclusive community of physicists, nominations of qualified women and members of underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2017

Nomination Components

  • the nominee’s name, institution, contact information,
  • a suggested citation (300 characters or less including spaces),
  • a nomination letter (5,000 characters or less including spaces) evaluating the nominee's qualifications,
  • at least two, but no more than four, letters of support,
  • a demographics form,
  • the nominee’s biosketch,
  • a list of the nominee’s most important publications,
  • up to five reprints or preprints.

Submitting a nomination

Please read the Prize and Award Nomination Guidelines Including FluidReview Instructions to submit a nomination.

2017 Selection Committee Members: Thomas Gallagher (Chair), Immanuel Bloch, Gretchen Campbell, Bradley Fillipone, Mikhail Lukin, Jun Ye


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.

2018 Recipient

Peter Zoller

Peter Zoller