John Wheatley Award

To honor and recognize the dedication of physicists who have made contributions to the development of physics in countries of the third world. The award will consist of a stipend of $2,000 and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient. The award will be presented biennially, every odd-numbered year, at the general meeting of the American Physical Society.

Establishment & Support

The award was established in 1991 with the support of Forum on International Physics.

Rules & Eligibility

The award will be made to a physicist who, working in developing country has made an outstanding contribution to the development of physics in that region by working with local physicists in physics research or teaching. Nominations are open to physicists of all nationalities but the award will not be given to a person for work in his or her own country. Nominations are active for three consecutive reviews.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Friday, June 29, 2018

The nomination package must include:

  • A letter on not more than 5,000 characters evaluating the qualifications of the nominee(s).

In addition, the nomination should include:

  • A biographical sketch.
  • A list of the most important publications.
  • At least two, but not than four, seconding letters.
  • Up to five reprints or preprints.

To start a new or update a continuing nomination, please see the Prize & Award Nomination Guidelines.

2019 Selection Committee Members: TBD


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.

2017 Recipient

Neil G. Turok
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Neil Turok



Past Recipients

2015: Per Nordblad
2013: Sultana Nahar
2011: Miguel Jose Yacaman
2009: Carlos R. Ordonez
2007: F. Bary Malik
2005: Steven Trent Manson
2003: Kennedy Reed
2001: Henry R. Glyde
1999: Ivan Kohn Schuller
1997: Manuel Cardona
1995: Galileo Violini
1993: Ismael Escobar