Charles Greeley Abbot Award

The Charles Greeley Abbot Award is named in honor of Dr. Charles Abbot, who was a prominent researcher in solar energy. During his 101 year lifetime, he developed a number of instruments for measuring solar insolation, determined the solar constant with great accuracy, and contributed greatly to the understanding of the solar resource on earth. He was for many years the Secretary (i.e. Director) of the Smithsonian Institute, and was the founder of the Smithsonian Radiation Biology Laboratory. Dr. Abbot was also involved in aerospace. Dr. Abbot provided most of the research funds for the work of Dr. Goddard, the Father of the Space Age, who was the developer of the liquid-fuel rocket. The Soviet Union, having mapped the back side of the moon for the first time, wanted to name a major crater the “Charles Greeley Abbot Crater” and found at a meeting of the International Astronomical Union that this was not possible since Dr. Abbot was still alive. At the next meeting an exception was made and the crater named for him. Dr. Abbot obtained his last patent at the age of 101, a sign of enduring competence and optimism.

The Charles Greeley Abbot Award is selected each year by the ASES Awards Committee. The primary requirement is that the winner has made a significant contribution to the Society or to the field of solar energy. No geographical limitations are imposed and the winner need not be a member of ASES.

Past Abbot Award Winners

2015 Mark Thornbloom
2014 Scott Sklar
2013 Henry Red Cloud
2012 William Spratley, Green Energy Ohio
2011 Tom Stoffel, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
2010  Jane Weissman, Interstate Renewable Energy Council
2009  Harold R. Hay
2008  Lawrence Kazmerski, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
2007  Jane Davidson, University of MInnesota
2006  Charles Kutscher, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
2005  Gary Vliet, University of Texas at Austin
2004  Byard Wood, Arizona State University
2003  C. Byron Winn, Colorado State University
2002  Richard Perez, ASRC University at Albany
2001  Steven J. Strong, Solar Design Associates
2000  Donald Osborn, Sacramento Municipal Utility Dist.
1999  David Block, Florida Solar Energy Center
1998  D. Yogi Goswami, University of Florida
1997  Donald Aitken, Union of Concerned Scientists
1996  Michael H. Nicklas, Innovative Design
1995  Harold M. “Hub” Hubbard, Pacific Int’l Ctr for High Tech Research
1994  John R. Hickey, Eppley Laboratory
1993  Denis Hayes, Bullitt Foundation
1992  Ronald Stewart, State University of NY at Albany
1991  Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, University of Chicago
1990  Carl E. Nielsen, Ohio State University
1989  Sanford Klein, University of Wisconsin
1988  Frank Kreith, University of Colorado
1987  Roland Winston, University of Chicago
1986  Frederick Morse, U.S. Department of Energy
1985  J. Douglas Balcomb, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratories
1984  Susumu Karaki, Colorado State University
1983  Francis deWinter, Altas Corporation
1982  Thomas A. Lawand, McGill University
1981  Karl W. Boer, University of Delaware
1980  George O. Lof, Colorado State University
1979  Everett D. Howe, University of California at Berkeley
1978  William A. Beckman, University of Wisconsin
1977  Maria M. Telkes, NAHB Research Foundation
1976  John A. Duffie, University of Wisconsin
1975  William H. Klein, Smithsonian Radiation Laboratory

We are now accepting awards nominations. The awards banquet will be held July 12, 2016 at SOLAR 2016 at the City Club of San Francisco.

Nomination Instructions: Please complete the following. All fields are required unless otherwise noted. Use as much space as you need to answer the questions.

In addition to this completed form, include two or more letters of support for the nominee. Letters should be from individuals acquainted with the nominee’s qualifications as they relate to the award requirements. Email or postal mail all documents to

Charles Greeley Abbott Award Nomination Form

Please submit form and send supporting letters by e-mail to no later than May 1, 2016.

Incomplete application packets cannot be selected for an award.

Questions? Contact David Comis at


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