Ross Coffin Purdy, in whose honor this award is given, served The American Ceramic Society for 24 years as General Secretary and Editor of its publications. He was the recipient of many awards, a Fellow and Honorary Life Member, and President of the Society. Mr. Purdy was noted for his dynamic leadership, individualism, broad vision, and unswerving devotion to the Society and to the ceramic engineering profession.

The Purdy award shall be given to the author or authors who, in the judgment of the committee, made the most valuable contribution to ceramic technical literature published two years prior to the selection year. The 2020 Purdy award will be given to the author(s) of a paper published in 2018.

A technical article is defined as a paper involving original work on ceramic materials that is published in a ceramic science and engineering journal, or a science journal that includes papers on the topic of ceramic science and engineering. Members of The American Ceramic Society can nominate papers from any science journal that includes papers on ceramic science and engineering.  In addition, the editors of the three ACerS-Wiley journals will recommend papers for the award.

Nominations may be made by sending the article (electronically is preferred) in its entirety, to Erica Zimmerman ( with a statement why the article makes the most valuable contribution to the literature for that year and is deserving of the award.


Deadline for Nominations:

January 15th annually