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 of America, 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

2017 Recipient - Roberto D. Merlin

Roberto Merlin is the Peter A. Franken Professor of Physics and a Professor in the EECS Department at the University of Michigan. He received the Licenciado en Ciencias Fisicas and the Dr. rer. nat. degrees from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (1973) and the University of Stuttgart, Germany (1978). Merlin is the recipient of 2006 APS Isakson Prize, a Fellow of AAAS, OSA, APS, and the von Humboldt, Guggenheim and Simons Foundation.
Merlin's primary research specialty is experimental condensed matter physics. His areas of expertise include various continuous wave and ultrafast optical techniques and, in particular, spontaneous and impulsive (stimulated) Raman spectroscopy. His current interests focus on the generation of coherent vibrational and electronic fields using ultrafast laser and x-ray pulses and metamaterials. Merlin and collaborators pioneered work on folded acoustic and interface phonons in semiconductor heterostructures, and on Fibonacci superlattices, metasurfaces and squeezed phonons.


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)