Leo Szilard Lectureship Award
To recognize outstanding accomplishments by physicists in promoting the use of physics for the benefit of society in such areas as the environment, arms control, and science policy. The lecture format is intended to increase the visibility of those who have promoted the use of physics for the benefit of society. The award consists of $3,000, a certificate citing the contributions of the recipient, plus $2,000 travel expenses for lectures given by the recipient at an APS meeting and at two or more educational institutions or research laboratories in the year following the award. The lectures should be especially aimed at physicists early in their careers.
Establishment & Support
This annual award was established in 1974 by the Forum on Physics and Society as a memorial to Leo Szilard in recognition of his concern for the social consequences of science. The award was endowed in 1998 by donations from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Energy Foundation, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation and individuals. It was also expanded to a lectureship format to promote awareness of the application of physics to social problems and to increase the visibility of those engaged in such activities.
Rules & Eligibility
Any living physicist is eligible. Nominations are active for three years.
Nomination & Selection Process
Serving a diverse and inclusive community of physicists worldwide is a primary goal for APS. Nominations of qualified women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and scientists from outside the United States are especially encouraged.
The deadline for submission of nominations for the 2016 prize is July 1, 2015. The nomination must include:;
To complete a nomination click here for the electronic submission form. All files should be in PDF format. Letters can be signed electronically (for example, using an embedded facsimile) or physically. In the latter case, they should be digitally scanned. Filenames should include the name of the nominee.
For updating an existing nomination, please click the above link and log into the form using the email address and password you used to create your nominator account.
Selection Committee Members: William Barletta, Chair; Ashok Gadgil; E. William Colglazier; Micah Lowenthal; Arian Pregenzer
2015 Leo Szilard Lectureship Award Recipient:
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory