The Lippincott Award

    The Ellis R. Lippincott Award is presented annually to an outstanding vibrational spectroscopist. It is co-sponsored by the Coblentz Society, the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, and The Optical Society (OSA). The award is presented in memory of Professor Ellis R. Lippincott to scientists who have made significant contributions to vibrational spectroscopy as judged by their influence on other scientists.

     This award was established in 1975 by OSA, the Coblentz Society and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy to honor the unique contributions of Ellis R. Lippincott to the field of vibrational spectroscopy. The purpose of the Ellis R. Lippincott Award is to honor Dr. Lippincott's memory by the recognition of significant contributions and notable achievements in the field of vibrational spectroscopy. The medal is sponsored jointly by the Coblentz Society, The Optical Society (OSA), and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.

    The Lippincott Award and the accompanying lecture are presented annually at an appropriate scientific meeting. The Awardee will present an address related to the contributions for which he or she is being honored. In addition, there may be a symposium of talks by invited speakers. Recipients of the medal must have made significant contributions to vibrational spectroscopy as judged by their influence on other scientists. Because innovation was a hallmark of the work of Ellis R. Lippincott, this quality in the contributions of candidates will be carefully appraised. The contributions may be theoretical or experimental or both, and may have been made in the course of applied as well as basic research. No restriction is placed on the citizenship or national origin of candidates. The award consists of the medal (pictured to the right) and travel allowances to the meeting. 

2019 Lippincott Award Recipient

    The 2019 Ellis R. Lippincott Award will be presented to Ji-Xin Cheng, “for outstanding contributions in inventing and developing a broad spectrum of vibrational spectroscopic imaging technologies with groundbreaking discoveries and clinical applications.” Presentation of the 2019 award is planned at SciX 2019, 13 – 18 October 2019, in Palm Springs, California.

  Ji-Xin Cheng attended the University of Science and Technology of China from 1989 to 1994 and pursued a PhD study on bond-selective chemistry from 1994 to 1998. In 2000, he joined Sunney Xie’s group at Harvard University as a postdoc. Cheng subsequently joined Purdue University in 2003 as Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2009 and Full Professor in 2013. He joined Boston University as the Inaugural Moustakas Chair Professor in Photonics and Optoelectronics in 2017. 

Ji-Xin Cheng has devoted his career to transforming molecular spectroscopy from an in vitro analytical tool to a set of in vivo label-free chemical imaging platforms for the discovery of hidden signatures inside living systems and further translation of the discoveries into medical diagnosis and treatment strategies.


    Nominations for the 2020 Award are currently open, and will be accepted until October 1, 2019.

    A candidate need not be a member of any of the sponsoring societies. The award will not be made posthumously unless an awardee should die after the selection procedure has been completed. Nominations should contain the name and affiliation of the nominee and sufficient background information to justify the nomination. A nominator is expected to believe sufficiently strongly in the quality of the work of his or her candidate to provide evidence of that belief. No restriction is placed on who may nominate, and all nominations received by the committee prior to October 1 in any year will be considered for the award to be presented in the fall of the following year. Files of nominees will be kept active for three years, after which the nominee must be renominated with an updated file or the file will be closed. 

Details on the nomination process and timeline are available at the OSA web site and through the OSA Awards Office.

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Recipients of the Lippincott Award and the respective host societies are listed below:

         2019Ji-Xin ChengSAS
  2018 Peter Hamm OSA
  2017 Roberto Merlin Coblentz
  2016 Thomas Elsaesser SAS
  2015 Dana D. Dlott OSA
  2014 Andrei Tokmakoff Coblentz
  2013 X. Sunney Xie SAS
  2012 Keith A. Nelson OSA
  2011 Isao Noda Coblentz
  2010 Martin Moskovits SAS
  2009 Michael Fayer OSA
  2008 Richard Van Duyne Coblentz
  2007 Jonathan Tennyson SAS
  2006 Hai Lung Dai OSA
  2005 Jaan Laane Coblentz
  2004 Richard Mathies SAS
  2003 Shaul Mukamel OSA
  2002 Sanford Asher Coblentz
  2001 Lester Andrews SAS
  2000 Donald Levy OSA
  1999 Mitsuo Tasumi Coblentz
  1998 Takeshi Oka SAS
  1997 Robin Hochstrasser OSA
  1996 Giuseppe Zerbi Coblentz
  1995 Giacinto Scoles SAS
  1994 Herbert L. Strauss OSA
  1993 John Rabolt Coblentz
  1992 Richard J. Saykally SAS
  1990 Robert W. Field OSA
  1989 Marilyn E. Jacox Coblentz
  1988 Andreas C. Albrecht SAS
  1987 C. Bradley Moore OSA
  1986 Wolfgang Kaiser Coblentz
  1985 Ira W. Levin SAS
  1984 Jon T. Hougen OSA
  1983 John Overend Coblentz
  1982 Michel Delhaye SAS
  1981 Ian Mills OSA
  1980 George G. Pimentel Coblentz
  1979 E. Bright Wilson SAS
  1978 Bryce Crawford, Jr. OSA
  1977 Lionel Bellamy Coblentz
  1976 Richard G. Lord SAS