Past Professional Awards
| Albert Nerken Award
Albert Nerken Award
This Award will no longer be offered.
2014 - Gary E. McGuire and Olga Shenderova
“For insights into nanodiamond synthesis and development of processing, science, and applications thereof”
2013 - Howard A. Padmore
“For sustained contributions to the design, development and application of novel synchrotron x-ray instrumentation used to study a range of scientific problems from biology to materials and solid state science.”
2012 - Sven Tougaard
"For the development of advanced methods to characterize thin-film nanostructures by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy."
2011 - John E. Rowe
"For his fundamental role in the development of electron energy loss spectroscopy, photoemission and synchrotron radiation techniques and their applications to surface and interface studies."
2010 - Fan Ren
"For the development of advanced processing techniques for compound semiconductors."
2009 - Donald R. Baer
"For seminal contributions towards advancing the application of surface-sensitive techniques to understand environmentally important materials and interfacial processes."
2008 - Seizo Morita
"For the development of room-temperature, non-contact atomic force microscopy technologies and applications."
2007 - Richard J. Colton
"For seminal scientific insights that accelerated the development of vastly improved surface and nanoscale analytical techniques, and of innovative biomolecular sensors."
2006 - Siegfried Hofmann
"For seminal contributions to the quantitative characterization of thin films and interfaces, particularly planar nanostructures, by sputter depth profiling."
2005 - Christopher R. Brundle
"For pioneering early development in the field of electron spectroscopy, and sustained applications to surface science and a wide range of industrial materials characterization issues."
2004 - Johan K. Fremerey
"For development of a practical spinning rotor gauge and contributions to the understanding of gaseous drag."
2003 - Peter B. Barna
"For seminal contributions in the use of in situ electron microscopy for the characterization and understanding of microstructural evolution and texture development during thin film growth."
2002 - David J. Harra
"For the development of sublimation pumps and the solution of technological problems in the design of novel systems for coating semiconductor wafers."
2001 - Cedric Powell
"For the development of improved data, particularly electron inelastic mean free paths, for applications in quantitative Auger electron spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy."
2000 - John T. Grant
"For pioneering research and development of the technique of Auger Electron Spectroscopy to study surface composition and chemistry."
1999 - Paul H. Holloway
"For seminal contributions to the science and technology of surface reactions, particularly low-temperature and beam-stimulated oxidation, and of ohmic contacts to compound."
1998 - Peter J. Clarke
"For the Albert Nerken Award his many significant contributions to research on molecular beams, Masers, cross-field discharges and plasmas, gas flow in molecular and transition regimes, ion-gettering and hybrid turbomolecular pumps, and ultrahigh vacuum and surface science instrumentation."
1997 - John C. Helmer
"For his many significant contributions to research on molecular beams, Masers, cross-field discharges and plasmas, gas flow in molecular and transition regimes, ion-gettering and hybrid turbo-molecular pumps, and ultrahigh vacuum and surface science instrumentation."
1996 - William R. Wheeler
"For a lifetime of seminal vacuum hardware and instrumentation innovations, particularly the enabling invention of the Conflat flange."
1995 - Donald M. Mattox
"For his invention of the ion-plating process and its continued development."
1994 - Hajime Ishimaru
"For his unique contributions to the development and characterization of aluminum alloys for use in ultra-high vacuum environments."
1993 - John F. O'Hanlon
"For outstanding contributions to vacuum technology and the education of its practitioners and for significant contributions to a range of semiconductor, display and microcontamination problems.
1992 - Paolo della Porta
"For his contributions over several decades to the invention and world-wide distribution of a series of getters with extensive applications, ranging from radio tubes to the largest accelerators on earth."
1991 - Harold R. Kaufman
"For the invention of the electron-bombardment broad-beam ion source, and extending its use in thin film applications."
1990 - J. Peter Hobson
"For contributions to the production and measurement of ultra-high vacuum."
1989 - Martin P. Seah & Charles D. Wagner
"For their contributions to quantification and practical application of surface electron spectroscopies."
1988 - Stanley L. Minora
"For his outstanding achievements in developing and applying unique and creative fueling systems for fusion devices."
1987 - Marsbed Hablanian
"For his many past and present contributions to the science and applications of vacuum technology."
1986 - Donald J. Santeler
"For his significant and long standing contributions to vacuum technology, most notably in the areas of leak detection and pumping."
1985 - John L. Vossen
"For his insightful contributions into the control of thin film deposition/etching processes and his application of these technologies to product development."