Lester W. Strock Award

The Lester W. Strock Award is given by the New England Section of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy in recognition of a selected publication of substantive research in/or application of analytical atomic spectrochemistry in the fields of earth science, life sciences, or stellar and cosmic sciences. More details on the award are available from the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.




2018 Recipient of the Lester W. Strock Award
Javier Laserna,
University of Málaga

Professor Laserna’s current research interests include laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS); time-of-flight mass spectrometry; surface analysis using laser ablation with optical and ion detection; laser remote chemical analysis; on-line and fieldable analytical instrumentation. Application areas comprise analysis of energetic materials; development of sensors for CBNRE threats; lasers for cultural heritage; and LIBS and Raman spectroscopy for space exploration.

Javier Laserna is associate editor of Applied Spectroscopy, and member of the advisory board of Spectrochimica Acta, Part B – Atomic Spectroscopy, Reviews in Analytical Chemistry, and the Open Journal of Analytical Chemistry. Professor Laserna was awarded with the RSEQ National Award for Research in Analytical Chemistry in 2009 and the SEA National Award for Research in Applied Spectroscopy in 2010. He is co-inventor of 6 patents held by the University of Malaga and has published nearly 300 papers plus 5 books and book chapters.


Past Recipients of the Lester W. Strock Award 

Year Name
2017 Frank Vanhaecke
2016 Raymond Arvidson
2015 R. Kenneth Marcus
2014 Steven Ray - Interview with Steven Ray by Spectroscopy Magazine
2013 Richard Russo - Interview with Russo
2012 Ralph E. Sturgeon - Interview with Sturgeon
2011 David W. Hahn
2010 Kay Niemax
2009 Nico Omenetto
2008 Annemie Bogaerts
2007 Detlef Günther
2006 Paul Farnsworth
2005 Richard Russo
2004 James D. Winefordner
2003 Ramon Barnes
2002 Julian Tyson
2001 John Olesik
2000 Max Diem
1999 D. Bruce Chase
1998 Sandford Asher
1997 Therese M. Cotton
1996 Richard A. Keller
1995 Michael D. Morris
1994 Richard F. Browner, Guangxuan Zhu
1993 Willard W. Harrison
1992 G. Hieftje
1991 M. Bonner Denton
1990 Edward S. Yeung
1989 Gary Horlick, Martha A. Vaughn, S.H. Tan
1988 Thomas C. O'Haver
1987 Richard Sacks, J.M. Goldberg, R.J. Collins, S.Y. Suh
1986 Robert S. Houck, Velmer A. Fassell, Gerald D. Flesch, Harry J. Svec, Alan L. Gray, Charles E. Taylor
1985 C.R. Blakley, M.L. Vestal
1984 Gary M. Hieftje, Stanley B. Smith, Jr.
1983 M. Barber, R.S. Bardoli, R. D. Sedgwick, A.N. Tyler
1982 Charles Wilkins
1981 David M. Hercules
1980 John P. Walters