Ellis R. Lippincott Award

The Ellis R. Lippincott Award is awarded annually to recognize an individual that has made significant contributions to the field of vibrational spectroscopy. The award was jointly established in 1975 by The Optical Society (OSA), The Coblentz Society, and The Society for Applied Spectroscopy to honor the unique contributions of Professor Ellis R. Lippincott. Among other contributions, Professor Lippincott was one of the developers of the diamond anvil cell which is widely employed used in high pressure research, and because innovation was a hallmark of Lippincott's work, this quality must also be demonstrated by candidates for the award. 

2021 Recipient

Rohit Bhargava

Rohit Bhargava received his B.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, India, and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, USA. Today, he is Founder Professor of Engineering and serves as the Director of the Cancer Center at the University of Illinois. His primary appointment is in the Department of Bioengineering with joint appointments in chemistry and several engineering departments as well as in the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.

Bhargava is the worldwide leader in infrared (IR) micro-spectroscopy and imaging. Bhargava and collaborators have enabled the development of a complete theory for IR microscopy and nanoscopy over the last decade, forming the theoretical foundation of IR imaging. He has also been able to translate fundamental scientific understanding to practical spectrometers by working with industry. This work has resulted in “high definition” (HD) imaging, now adopted by all IR microscopy manufacturers. Bhargava, additionally, has opened the field of using high performance IR imaging for pathology, with studies that show how conventional pathology can be made all-digital and highly accurate.

He has received wide recognition for his work, including the Gordon F. Kirkbright Bursary Award, FACSS Innovation Award, the Craver Award, the Agilent Thought Leader Award, and the Beckman Vision and Spirit Award. He is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. In 2021, he received OSA's Ellis R. Lippincott award "for contributions to the fundamental physics and instrument engineering of mid-IR microscopy and its applications to medical imaging."

As the 2021 Lippincott award is awarded by OSA, this award will not be presented during the SciX 2021 conference.


For more information on the Lippincott Award, go to https://sites.google.com/a/coblentz.org/coblentz/awards/the-lippincott-award

Past recipients

2020       Volker Deckert Coblentz

2019 Ji-Xin Cheng SAS

2018 Peter Hamm OSA

2017 Roberto D. Merlin Coblentz

2016  Thomas Elsaesser SAS

2015 Dana D. Dlott OSA

2014 Andrei Tokmakoff Coblentz

2013 Xiaoliang Sunney Xie SAS

2012 Keith A. Nelson OSA

2011 Isao Noda Coblentz

2010 Martin Moskovits SAS

2009 Michael D. Fayer OSA

2008 Richard P. Van Duyne Coblentz

2007 Jonathon Tennyson SAS

2006 Hai-Lung Dai OSA

2005 Jaan Laane Coblentz

2004 Richard Mathies SAS

2003 Shaul Mukamel OSA

2002 Sanford A. Asher Coblentz

2001 W. Lester S. Andrews SAS

2000 Donald Levy OSA

1999 Mitsuo Tasumi Coblentz

1998 Takeshi Oka SAS

1997 Robin Hochstrasser OSA

1996 Giuseppe Zerbi Coblentz

1995 Giocinto Scoles SAS

1994 Herbert L. Strauss OSA

1993 John Rabolt Coblentz

1992 Richard Saykally SAS

1991 No Award Given

1990 Robert W. Field OSA

1989 Marilyn Jacox Coblentz

1988 Andreas Albrecht SAS

1987 C. Bradley Moore OSA

1986 Wolfgang Kaiser Coblentz

1985 Ira W. Levin SAS

1984 Jon Hougen OSA

1983 John Overend Coblentz

1982 Michael Delhays SAS

1981 Ian M. Mills OSA

1980 George C. Pimentel Coblentz

1979 E. Bright Wilson SAS

1978 Bryce L. Crawford OSA

1977 Lionel J. Bellamy Coblentz

1976 Richard Lord SAS

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