The Clifford G. Shull Prize in Neutron Science

The next deadline for nominations will be in December 17, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST.
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In memory of Clifford G. Shull (1915-2001) Nobel Prize in Physics

Memoir (National Academy of Sciences)

Prize Selection Committee 2020

Alan Goldman (Ames Laboratory)


Linda Nazar (University of Waterloo)
Takeshi Egami (University of Tennessee)
Robert McGreevy (ISIS Muon and Neutron Source)
Mike Fitzsimmons (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Prize Selection Committee 2018

Takeshi Egami (University of Tennessee)

Gabriel Aeppli (Paul Scherrer Institut)
Chuck Majkrzak (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
Lilo Pozzo (University of Washington)
Suzanne G.E. te Velthuis (Argonne National Laboratory)


To recognize outstanding research in neutron science and leadership promoting the North American neutron scattering community in honor of Clifford G. Shull, who received the Nobel Prize in 1994 with Bert Brockhouse for seminal developments in the field of neutron science. Consideration shall be given to outstanding research accomplishments and contributions to the advancement of neutron science, including developing or supporting the North American neutron scattering community through teaching, research, technical leadership and scientific writings. Preference shall be given to applicants whose work was carried out predominantly in North America.


The prize consists of a plaque and an honorarium of $5,000 to be presented at the American Conference on Neutron Scattering (ACNS). The recipient is expected to present an invited talk at the conference. A stipend towards travel expenses to the conference will be paid in addition to the honorarium.


The NSSA Clifford G. Shull Neutron Prize is expected to be awarded biennially at the corresponding ACNS meeting.


Nominations should include:

  • A letter of nomination not to exceed 1,000 words evaluating the nominee’s qualifications and identifying the specific work to be recognized and how the work has led to the advancement of neutron science.
  • The nominee’s CV clearly identifying the work that relates to the award nomination. Do not include reprints unless they are not readily available electronically.
  • Up to two additional letters of support. Specific references to particularly important work should be made in the nomination and supporting letters.

Submit the nomination package in PDF format here:

We strongly encourage nominations of candidates from diverse backgrounds, including those from non- majority races, religions, gender identifications, sexual orientations, ages, disability statuses, and other identifiers.

The award cannot be awarded posthumously.

Previous Winners

2020: Prof. Thomas P. Russell

For his pivotal role in the application of neutron reflectivity and small angle neutron scattering to polymer science and his important work on behalf of the neutron scattering community.

2018: Prof. Samuel A. Werner

For his seminal contributions to the observation of the fundamental quantum- mechanical nature of spins through the effects of rotation and the gravitational field, using neutron interferometry, including the observation of the Aharonov- Casher effect, for his extensive work with neutron scattering on the magnetic properties of transition metals and their alloys, for his critical role in the NSSA, particularly as its Founding President, and for his wide and lasting influence on the neutron community, including nurturing of many neutron scientists.

2016: Dr. Charles F. Majkrzak

For leadership in the development, application and establishment of neutron reflectometry as an essential measurement tool for nanoscale materials

2014: Dr. Sunil K. Sinha

In recognition of his deep and lasting experimental and theoretical contributions to the areas of Quantum Liquids and Solids, Superconductivity, Magnetism, Soft Condensed Matter, Confined and Adsorbed Liquids, Surfaces, and Neutron Scattering Techniques, together with his selfless service to the neutron scattering field as a whole

2012: Robert J. Birgeneau

For his seminal scientific contributions, tireless leadership, and devoted mentoring in the field of neutron scattering

2010: Dr. H.A. Mook Jr.

For outstanding contributions to the study of magnetism, superconductivity, and quantum phenomena in matter with neutrons

2008: Dr. S.-H. Chen

For seminal contributions to understanding the dynamical properties of supercooled and interfacial water using neutron scattering techniques, and for an exceptional record of training young scientists in the use of scattering techniques to solve topical interdisciplinary problems in complex fluids and soft matter

2006: Dr. J. M. Carpenter

For seminal contributions to the development of neutron sources and instrumentation that have had world-wide impact on neutron scattering across a broad range of scientific disciplines, culminating in the optimized design of the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge

2004: Dr. J. M. Rowe

For his seminal vision, leadership, and contributions to the field of neutron scattering