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 (Presented Biennially in Even-Numbered Years)

How to Apply

The nomination period is open from July 1 to November 1 annually. Learn more about submitting a nomination for the ACS National Awards.


E. Bright Wilson Endowment


The award was established in 1994 by Rohm and Haas Co., which supported the award until 2006. The ACS sponsored the award in 2007 and 2008. Coherent Inc. and the ACS sponsored the award in 2009, 2010, and 2011. The ACS Division of Physical Chemistry sponsored the award from 2012 to 2017. From 2018, the award will be supported by the E. Bright Wilson Endowment in even-numbered years. Prior to 2023, the ACS Division of Physical Chemistry supported the award in odd-numbered years.

Contact Information

ACS National Awards Program
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street NW | Washington, DC 20036
Email: awards@acs.org

2023 Recipient David M. Jonas
2023 Recipient David M. Jonas (Center) is Presented with His Award by Judith Giordan, ACS President (Left) and Sponsor Representative Christy Landes (Right)
Photo by EPNAC.com

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