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

2018 Recipient - Peter Hamm, Universität Zürich, Switzerland

Peter Hamm studied physics at the Technical University of Munich and carried out his PhD studies under Wolfgang Zinth at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich between 1991 and 1995. He continued with a postdoc at University of Pennsylvania in the group of Robin Hochstrasser. In 1999, he was appointed as an independent group leader at the Max Born Institute, Berlin, and in 2001 as professor at University of Zürich, where he stayed ever since.

Hamm’s research is focused on establishing novel spectroscopic methods in the infrared and THz spectral range which resolve transient structures of molecular systems and the energy flow through them on very fast timescales. A large variety of questions is addressed, ranging from complex problems such as protein folding and allosteric communication in proteins, over photocatalytic water splitting, to elementary structural processes in liquids like water.


Previous Lippincott Award Winners
1976 Richard Lord (SAS)
1977 Lionel J. Bellamy (Coblentz)
1978 Bryce L. Crawford (OSA)
1979 E. Bright Wilson (SAS)
1980 George C. Pimentel (Coblentz)
1981 Ian M. Mills (OSA)
1982 Michael Delhays (SAS)
1983 John Overend (Coblentz)
1984 Jon Hougen (OSA)
1985 Ira W. Levin (SAS)
1986 Wolfgang Kaiser (Coblentz)
1987 C. Bradley Moore (OSA)
1988 Andreas Albrecht (SAS)
1989 Marilyn Jacox (Coblentz)
1990 Robert W. Field (OSA)
1991 No Award Given
1992 Richard Saykally (SAS)
1993 John Rabolt (Coblentz)
1994 Herbert L. Strauss (OSA)
1995 Giocinto Scoles (SAS)
1996 Giuseppe Zerbi (Coblentz)
1997 Robin Hochstrasser (OSA)
1998 Takeshi Oka (SAS)
1999 Mitsuo Tasumi (Coblentz)
2000 Donald Levy (OSA)
2001 W. Lester S. Andrews (SAS)
2002 Sanford A. Asher (Coblentz)
2003 Shaul Mukamel (OSA)
2004 Richard Mathies (SAS)
2005 Jaan Laane (Coblentz)
2006 Hai-Lung Dai (OSA)
2007 Jonathon Tennyson (SAS)
2008 Richard P. Van Duyne (Coblentz)
2009 Michael D. Fayer (OSA)
2010 Martin Moskovits (SAS)
2011 Isao Noda (Coblentz)
2012 Keith Olson (OSA)
2013 Xiaoliang Sunney Xie (SAS)
2014 Andrei Tokmakoff (Coblentz)
2015 Dana D. Dlott  (OSA)
2017 Roberto D. Merlin (OSA)
2018 Peter Hamm (OSA)