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Peter R. Griffiths Named the 2023 Ellis R. Lippincott Award Recipient

Optica (formerly OSA), the Coblentz Society, and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) are pleased to announce that Peter R. Griffiths, University of Idaho (retired), USA, has been selected as the 2023 recipient of the Ellis R. Lippincott Award. Griffiths is recognized for unique achievements and significant contributions to vibrational spectroscopy.

Griffiths was born in England and spent the first 25 years of his life there. He received his doctorate in Physical Chemistry from Oxford University, UK, and spent two years doing postdoctoral research at the University of Maryland, USA, under the supervision of Ellis Lippincott. After brief stints with Digilab, USA, and Sadtler Research Labs, USA, he joined the faculty of Ohio University, USA, reaching the rank of Distinguished Professor. He moved to the University of California, Riverside, USA, before accepting the chairmanship of the Chemistry Department of the University of Idaho, USA, from which he retired in 2008.

His principal research area has been analytical vibrational spectroscopy with particular emphasis on FT-IR spectroscopy. Among the topics that his research group has worked on are diffuse reflection spectroscopy, open-path atmospheric monitoring, and the interface of FT-IR spectrometers with various types of chromatographs (GC, HPLC and SFC).

He has co-authored over 300 papers and has written, co-authored, or edited eleven books on these topics. He taught in a week-long course on the interpretation of IR and Raman spectra for over 30 years and acted as a consultant to several companies and organizations. 

Established in 1975, the Lippincott Award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to vibrational spectroscopy as judged by their influence on other scientists. The award honors the unique contributions Ellis R. Lippincott made to the field of vibrational spectroscopy. It is jointly presented by Optica, the Coblentz Society and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.

About Optica
Optica (formerly OSA), Advancing Optics and Photonics Worldwide, is the society dedicated to promoting the generation, application, archiving and dissemination of knowledge in the field. Founded in 1916, it is the leading organization for scientists, engineers, business professionals, students and others interested in the science of light. Optica's renowned publications, meetings, online resources and in-person activities fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate scientific, technical and educational achievement. Discover more at:

About the Coblentz Society
The Coblentz Society was founded over 65 years ago with the purpose of fostering the understanding and application of vibrational spectroscopy and that continues to be our goal today. The Society is named after Dr. William W. Coblentz, who devoted most of his life to investigating the infrared spectra of “pure” compounds.

About SAS
The Society for Applied Spectroscopy is a non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination of information related to spectroscopy. In business for over 50 years, the Society is committed to education and to providing quality benefits to members worldwide. The objective of this Society is to advance and disseminate knowledge and information concerning the art and science of spectroscopy and other allied sciences.

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