Global Award

Introducing the award

This award recognizes outstanding optical research that leads to breakthroughs in the condensed matter sciences. The prize is awarded biennially in even-numbered years as a memorial to Frank Isakson. Supported by the journal Solid State Communications.

Solid State Communications

The prize was established in 1979 and supported by the Photoconductivity Conference. Starting in 1994, the prize was supported by Solid State Communications (Elsevier).

Rules & Eligibility

Nominations are open to scientists of all nations regardless of the geographical site at which the work was done. The prize shall ordinarily be awarded to one person, but the prize may be shared among recipients when all recipients have contributed to the same accomplishment. Preference will be given to work that has been published within the past 10 years. Nominations are active for three years.

Nomination & Selection Process

Serving a diverse and inclusive community of physicists worldwide is a primary goal for APS. Nominations of qualified women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and scientists from outside the United States are especially encouraged.

This year’s deadline has passed. Please check back soon for next year’s nomination information and deadline.

2014 Selection Committee: Joseph Orenstein, Chair; David Tanner; Dmitri Basov; Girsh Blumberg; H. Dennis Drew


2014 Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids Recipient(s):

Naomi Halas

Naomi Halas
Rice University

Peter Nordlander

Peter Nordlander
Rice University

Tony Heinz

Tony Heinz
Columbia University

Past Winners

Past Recipients:

2012:  Dmitri Basov
2010:  Duncan Steel
2008:  Joseph Orenstein
Zeev Valentine Vardeny
2006:  Roberto Merlin
2004:  James Wolfe
2002:  James W. Allen
Thomas Timusk
2000:  Paul Linford Richards
1998:  Yuen-Ron Shen
1996:  David E. Aspnes
1994:  Anant K. Ramdas
1992:  Paul A. Fleury
1990:  Miles V. Klein
1988:  Albert J. Sievers
1986:  Elias Burstein
1984:  Manuel Cardona
1982:  Jan Tauc
1980:  David L. Dexter