The Denver X-ray Conference Awards

Recognizing lifetime achievement in the advancement of the use of X-rays in materials analysis, outstanding contributions to the field of powder diffraction, outstanding contributions to the field of X-ray spectrometry, and outstanding achievements of student research.

DXC Awards  

Honoring Ron Jenkins
(1932 -2002)

Recognized as one of the great pioneers and leaders in the field of X-ray analysis, Ron Jenkins dedicated his career to the advancement of analytical X-rays through the fields of spectrometry and diffractometry.  His career is characterized by many diverse roles including practical analyst, applications specialist, author of landmark texts, educator, Executive Director of the ICDD, ICDD Member-at-large, and both Member and Chairman of the Denver X-ray Conference Organizing Committee.  Ron authored 10 textbooks on X-ray analytical methods, 11 book chapters, and approximately 230 papers dealing with X-ray applications and instrumentation. He shared his knowledge by teaching around the world to an estimated 5,000 students; he frequently organized scientific meetings, and established the International Journal of X-ray Spectrometry.

Jenkins Award

For Scientists who exhibit lifetime achievement in the advancement of the use of X-rays in materials analysis

Given Biennially - 2013, 2015, 2017, etc.


Honoring Charles S. Barrett 
(1902 - 1994)

Charles Barrett was a pioneering X-ray metallurgist who was instrumental in advancing the use of X-ray diffractometry to characterize metals and alloys at the atomic level. He also established a topographic method for evaluations of metals, now known as the Berg-Barrett Method, and authored the classic X-ray diffraction/metallography book entitled “Structure of Metals.” He began his career in 1928 when he joined the Metallurgy Department at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. Over his career, he contributed his talents to institutions such as Carnegie Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, University of Denver, University of Birmingham, and Oxford University.

Barrett Award 

For X-ray Powder Diffractometry 

Given Biennially - 2013, 2015, 2017, etc.


Honoring Laverne (Vern) Stanfield Birks
(1885 - 1964)

X-ray spectroscopy came into existence and became an important analytical tool due to the work done by Laverne Birks.  Work performed by Vern and Herb Friedman at the Naval Research Lab, and later with Ed Brooks, led to the construction of an important new analytical tool: a wavelength dispersive X-ray spectrometer. Vern also conducted original research to demonstrate the effect surface treatment had on the performance of LiF as an analyzing crystal; assisted in the development of fundamental parameters; demonstrated the importance of excitation efficiency; made use of a vacuum path in place of air to decrease absorption; and conducted environmental studies of air and water using his new X-ray spectrometer.

Birks Award

For X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry

Given Biennially - 2012, 2014, 2016, etc.


Honoring Jerome (Jerry) B. Cohen
(1932 - 1999)

Known for his legendary contributions to Northwestern University, Jerry Cohen spent the majority of his career pursuing his true passion – teaching students. He served as Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Dean of the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. He helped initiate the development of the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory Synchrotron Radiation Research Facility, and solicited major funding to develop one of its leading experimental research stations. Jerry held several patents, including one for a rapid portable X-ray device for measuring residual stresses in structural metals in the field. He was the author of more than 300 publications and four books. His book “Residual Stress: Measurement by Diffraction and Interpretation,” co-authored by Cev Noyan, is still the classic, fundamental textbook in the field.

Jerome B. Cohen Award

For Students

Given Annually


Honoring Robert (Bob) L. Snyder  (1941-2011)

An outstanding educator and researcher, Bob was Professor Emeritus of Ceramic Science at Alfred University, Chairman of Material Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University and co-chair of the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech. He was chairman of both the ICDD and the Denver X-ray Conference, traveled extensively and interacted with scientists from around the world. His research focused on the characterization of advanced materials by X-ray diffraction, especially advanced ceramics and nanomaterials. Bob presented over 1,000 talks, authored numerous publications and textbooks, and was known as an international ambassador of material science and characterization. He was known for his passion for science and life. Bob served as ICDD Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1996 to 2000.

Robert L. Snyder Student Travel Award

For Students

Given Annually