The most recent Honorary Member of the Society were recognized in 2013. At that time the Board of Managers of the Coblentz Society elected 2 new Honorary Members, Charles H. Townes (inventor of the maser), and James W. Cooley (co-developer of the Cooley–Tukey FFT algorithm). Modern vibrational spectroscopy relies heavily on the developments by these two pioneers.
The Society's By-Laws state the following with regards to Honorary Members "The Board of Management at its discretion, and by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Managers, may elect as Honorary Members of the Society individuals who are deemed to have made outstanding contributions to the field of vibrational spectroscopy or to any other field related to the purposes of the Society".
Nominations are solicited for Honorary Membership in the Society for consideration in 2017. Please send nominations to the Coblentz Society president.