E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy

Award at a Glance

Recipient Faculty, Industry, Chemistry Professional
Category National Awards
Amount$5,000 + expenses
DeadlineNovember 1, 2022


To recognize outstanding accomplishments in fundamental or applied spectroscopy in chemistry.


The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. Up to $1,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed. The recipient will deliver an award address at the spring awards symposium of the ACS Division of Physical Chemistry.


The award will be granted regardless of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, and educational background. The scope of the award is to cover all fields of spectroscopy in chemistry, both fundamental and applied.


November 1 (annual review)

How to Apply

The nomination period is open from July 1 to November 1. Learn more about ACS National Award Nominations.


ACS Division of Physical Chemistry (odd-numbered years) and E. Bright Wilson Endowment (even-numbered years)


The award will be endowed by the E. Bright Wilson Endowment in even years beginning with the 2018 presentation. The ACS Division of Physical Chemistry (PHYS) will sponsor the award in odd years beginning with the 2019 presentation. PHYS sponsored the award from 2012 to 2017. Coherent Inc. and the ACS sponsored the award in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The ACS sponsored the award in 2007 and 2008. The award was established in 1994 by the Rohm and Haas Co. and supported from 1997 to 2006.

Contact Information

Awards Office
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036-4801
Phone: 202-872-4575
Fax: 202-776-8008

2019 recipient Martin Moskovits stands along sponsor representative Anne McCoy and ACS President Bonnie A. Charpentier.
2019 recipient Martin Moskovits (center) is presented his award by sponsor representative Anne B. McCoy (right), and Bonnie A. Charpentier, ACS President (left).
Photo by Loris Guzzetta/ACS

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