New Prize and Award Recipients

APS Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research

Edward Witten (2016 Recipient)
Institute for Advanced Study
For discoveries in the mathematical structure of quantum field theory that have opened new paths in all areas of quantum physics.

Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics

Allan Franklin (2016 Recipient)
University of Colorado, Boulder
For path-breaking historical analyses of the roles of experiment in physics and for explicating the nature of evidence and error in scientific argument.

Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award in Fluid Dynamics

Sujit Sankar Datta (2015 Recipient)
California Institute of Technology
For an outstanding doctoral dissertation on the physics of flow through porous materials.

Andrei Sakharov Prize

Zafra Lerman (2016 Recipient)
Malta Conferences Foundation
For life-long devotion to the scientific freedom and human rights of scientists throughout the world and for compelling leadership in using science as a bridge to peace in the Middle East.

Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics

Matthias Troyer (2016 Recipient)
ETH Zürich
For pioneering numerical work in many seemingly intractable areas of quantum many body physics and for providing efficient sophisticated computer codes to the community.

Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science

Robert W. Boyd (2016 Recipient)
University of Ottawa
For fundamental contributions to the field of nonlinear optics, including the development of approaches for controlling the velocity of light, of quantum imaging methods, and of composite nonlinear optical materials.

Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Biological Physics

Quan Wang (2015 Recipient)
Stanford University
For his thesis entitled "Enabling multivariate investigation of single-molecule dynamics in solution by counteracting Brownian motion.

Carl E. Anderson Division of Laser Science Dissertation Award

Yang Zhao (2015 Recipient)
Stanford University
For her thesis entitled "Bio-Inspired Nanophotonics: Manipulating Light at the Nanoscale with Plasmonic Metamaterials.

Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics

Cumrun Vafa (2016 Recipient)
Harvard University
For leadership in numerous central developments in string theory, quantum field theory, and quantum geometry; including the interplay between string theory and Calabi-Yau geometry and especially for their elucidation of the origin of black hole entropy from microscopic states.

Andrew E. Strominger (2016 Recipient)
Harvard University
For leadership in numerous central developments in string theory, quantum field theory, and quantum geometry; including the interplay between string theory and Calabi-Yau geometry and especially for their elucidation of the origin of black hole entropy from microscopic states.

David Adler Lectureship Award in the Field of Materials Physics

Harry A. Atwater (2016 Recipient)
California Institute of Technology
For pioneering work in photonics, plasmonics, optical metamaterials, and photovoltaics, and for his outstanding presentations and outreach to the general audience.

Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics

Randall G. Hulet (2016 Recipient)
Rice University
For pioneering investigations of quantum degenerate gases and how they are affected by atomic interactions.

Dissertation Award in Hadronic Physics

Daniel Pitonyak (2015 Recipient)
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Exploring the Structure of Hadrons Through Spin Asymmetries in Hard Scattering Processes.

Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics

Chun Shen (2016 Recipient)
McGill University
For his successful prediction of anisotropic flow in Pb+Pb collisions at the LHC, his elucidation of the `direct photon flow puzzle', and his contributions to the development of a computational tool of viscous fluid dynamics enabling precision studies of relativistic heavy-ion collisions.

Distinguished Lectureship Award on the Applications of Physics

Raymond G. Beausoleil (2016 Recipient)
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
For his sustained, groundbreaking work in photonics and optics, especially applied to the integration of optical and electronic computing and information processing.

Dwight Nicholson Medal for Outreach

David Elazzar Kaplan (2015 Recipient)
Johns Hopkins University
For his extraordinarily innovative and effective efforts in public outreach, and in particular for his production of the documentary film, Particle Fever, that allows nonscientists to experience the scientific world and discoveries as they really are.

Charles M. Falco (2015 Recipient)
University of Arizona
For his award-winning "The Art of the Motorcycle" exhibition for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (co-curator), and his work with the renowned artist David Hockney on the optical science utilized by the grand master artists; each unique project has made the public aware of the contributions of science to their daily lives.

Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy & Dynamics

Donald G. Truhlar (2016 Recipient)
University of Minnesota
For extraordinarily broad and seminal advances in chemical kinetics, dynamics, and spectroscopy through pioneering and incisive work in the development and application of variational transition state theory, electronic structure calculations, and quantum mechanical scattering methods.

Edward A. Bouchet Award

Pablo Laguna (2016 Recipient)
Georgia Institute of Technology
For contributions to numerical relativity and astrophysics; in particular, on the simulation of colliding black holes.

Einstein Prize

Jacob Bekenstein (2015 Recipient)
Hebrew University
For his ground-breaking work on black hole entropy, which launched the field of black hole thermodynamics and transformed the long effort to unify quantum mechanics and gravitation.

Excellence in Physics Education Award

Robert John Beichner (2016 Recipient)
North Carolina State University
For leadership in research and dissemination of SCALE-UP teaching tools, providing an effective approach to learning physics with attention to conceptual understanding and participation of all students; and for editorial leadership in the establishment of PRST-PER, allowing broad dissemination of research-based educational practices.

Fluid Dynamics Prize

Howard A. Stone (2016 Recipient)
Princeton University
For seminal contributions to our understanding of low Reynolds number flows, microfluidics, interfacial phenomena and biological fluid dynamics, and for his inspirational contributions to teaching and communicating the beauty and power of Fluid Mechanics in Physics and Engineering.

Francis M. Pipkin Award

Holger Mueller (2015 Recipient)
University of California, Berkeley
For his contributions to precision metrology and tests of fundamental laws of physics through the development and application of atom interferometry.

Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids

David Burnham Tanner (2016 Recipient)
University of Florida, Gainesville
For insightful experiments and analyses on a wide variety of quantum solids with strong electronic correlations in general, and cuprate superconductors in particular, using optical spectroscopy.

Dirk van der Marel (2016 Recipient)
University of Geneva
For insightful experiments and analyses on a wide variety of quantum solids with strong electronic correlations in general, and cuprate superconductors in particular, using optical spectroscopy.

George E. Duvall Shock Compression Science Award

Jerry W. Forbes (2015 Recipient)
Energetics Technology Center
For his advances in shock-compression science involving phase-transformations, high explosives, and detonation physics; for extensive contributions to the shock physics community through mentorship and teaching; and for service to the Shock Compression Topical Group.

George E. Pake Prize

Robert R. Doering (2016 Recipient)
Texas Instruments Inc
For outstanding leadership in research and development of semiconductor manufacturing technology and integrated circuit device scaling.

Hans A. Bethe Prize

Vassiliki Kalogera (2016 Recipient)
Northwestern University
For key contributions to the study of the electromagnetic and gravitational wave radiation from binary compact objects, including the now-verified prediction that neutron star mergers produce short gamma-ray bursts that will be found in all galaxy types.

Henry Primakoff Award for Early-Career Particle Physics

Stefan Hoeche (2016 Recipient)
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
For innovative techniques of event simulation for high energy hadron colliders, enabling the comparison of theory and experiment with high precision.

Herbert P. Broida Prize

Michael Ashfold (2015 Recipient)
University of Bristol
For his innovative work on molecular photodynamics, especially in combining multiwavelength experiments on small molecules, high quality electronic structure calculations, and physical organic chemistry concepts into a “bigger picture” for broad understanding of experimental photodynamics of systems of increasing complexity.

Herman Feshbach Prize in Theoretical Nuclear Physics

Xiangdong Ji (2016 Recipient)
University of Maryland, College Park / Shanghai Jiao Tong University
For pioneering work in developing tools to characterize the structure of the nucleon within QCD and for showing how its properties can be probed through experiments; this work not only illuminates the nucleon theoretically but also acts as a driver of experimental programs worldwide.

I.I. Rabi Prize in Atomic, Molecular & Optical Phy

Ian Spielman (2015 Recipient)
National Institute of Standards and Technology
For the development of quantum simulations using ultra-cold atoms, creation of synthetic electromagnetic fields, demonstration of synthetic spinorbit coupling, and applications to studying new physical systems.

Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics

Jens K. Nørskov (2015 Recipient)
Stanford University
For his ground-breaking contributions to elucidating fundamental principles of reactivity on solid surfaces and the prediction of improved catalysts.

J.J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics

G. Peter Lepage (2016 Recipient)
Cornell University
For inventive applications of quantum field theory to particle physics, particularly in establishing the theory of hadronic exclusive processes, developing nonrelativistic effective field theories, and determining standard-model parameters with lattice gauge theory.

J.J. and Noriko Sakurai Dissertation Award in Theoretical Particle Physics

Yonatan F. Kahn (2016 Recipient)
MIT
for proposing a novel method to detect dark photons, for developing halo-independent techniques of direct dark matter detection, and for finding a new viable supersymmetric extension of the standard model.

James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials

Mercouri G. Kanatzidis (2016 Recipient)
Northwestern University
For seminal contributions to the discovery of new families of thermoelectric materials with the highest known figure of merit.

James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics

Ellen Gould Zweibel (2016 Recipient)
University of Wisconsin Madison
For seminal research on the energetics, stability, and dynamics of astrophysical plasmas, including those related to stars and galaxies, and for leadership in linking plasma and other astrophysical phenomena.

John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research

James Bailey (2016 Recipient)
Sandia National Laboratories
For extraordinarily thorough laboratory opacity measurements of plasmas at realistic stellar interior conditions that directly resolve outstanding questions about solar structure, identify new theoretical challenges, and propel a new generation of precision high energy density experiments of direct astrophysical relevance.

John H. Dillon Medal

Thomas H. Epps, III (2016 Recipient)
University of Delaware
For significant advancement in the control, characterization, and understanding of polymer nanoscale-structure and energetics.

John Wheatley Award

Per Nordblad (2015 Recipient)
Uppsala University
For his enormous and sustained efforts of nearly three decades in nurturing physics research and education in several Third World countries, including Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand and Eritrea, leading to the establishment of several prominent groups pursuing internationally competitive physics today.

Jonathan F. Reichert and Barbara Wolff-Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction

Van D. Bistrow (2016 Recipient)
University of Chicago
For persistent dedication to the improvement of advanced undergraduate laboratories at the University of Chicago, the consistent support of student success, and for promoting the national discourse on advanced laboratories.

Joseph A. Burton Forum Award

Ernest Moniz (2016 Recipient)
U.S. Department of Energy
For outstanding contributions in government service to advancing national energy and science policy over two decades and to reducing the threat of nuclear proliferation through key roles in disposition of Russian nuclear materials in the 1990s and negotiation of the nuclear agreement with Iran in 2015.

Joseph F. Keithley Award for Advances in Measurement Science

Albert Migliori (2016 Recipient)
Los Alamos National Laboratory
For the development of Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy, used to study lattice and electronic phenomena in condensed matter physics, solving problems as diverse as the elastic properties of plutonium, to finding that the pseudogap state of cuprates is indeed a thermodynamic phase.

Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize

David Pines (2016 Recipient)
University of California, Davis
For his contributions to our understanding of emergent behavior in quantum matter-plasmons, nuclear, celestial and unconventional superfluidity, heavy electron emergence-and for his effectiveness in communicating these discoveries and a new “emergent” paradigm to the broader scientific community.

Justin Jankunas Doctoral Dissertation Award in Chemical Physics

Peter Kraus (2016 Recipient)
ETH Zürich
For his thesis entitled “Studies of Electronic and Nuclear Structure and Dynamics by High Harmonic Spectroscopy,” which he wrote under the direction of Prof. Hans Jakob Wörner at ETH Zürich.

Landau-Spitzer Award

Yueqiang Liu (2016 Recipient)
Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE)
For seminal joint research providing key understanding and quantitative verification of global mode stability in experimental high performance tokamak plasmas, based on drift-kinetic MHD theory, and made possible by strong and essential partnership between Europe and the USA.

Holger Reimerdes (2016 Recipient)
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
For seminal joint research providing key understanding and quantitative verification of global mode stability in experimental high performance tokamak plasmas, based on drift-kinetic MHD theory, and made possible by strong and essential partnership between Europe and the USA.

Steven Anthony Sabbagh (2016 Recipient)
Columbia University
For seminal joint research providing key understanding and quantitative verification of global mode stability in experimental high performance tokamak plasmas, based on drift-kinetic MHD theory, and made possible by strong and essential partnership between Europe and the USA.

John W. Berkery (2016 Recipient)
Columbia University
For seminal joint research providing key understanding and quantitative verification of global mode stability in experimental high performance tokamak plasmas, based on drift-kinetic MHD theory, and made possible by strong and essential partnership between Europe and the USA.

Lars Onsager Prize

Giorgio Parisi (2016 Recipient)
Sapienza Universita di Roma
For groundbreaking work applying spin glass ideas to ensembles of computational problems, yielding both new classes of efficient algorithms and new perspectives on phase transitions in their structure and complexity.

Riccardo Zecchina (2016 Recipient)
Politecnico di Torino
For groundbreaking work applying spin glass ideas to ensembles of computational problems, yielding both new classes of efficient algorithms and new perspectives on phase transitions in their structure and complexity.

Marc Mezard (2016 Recipient)
Ecole Normale Superieure
For groundbreaking work applying spin glass ideas to ensembles of computational problems, yielding both new classes of efficient algorithms and new perspectives on phase transitions in their structure and complexity.

LeRoy Apker Award

Benjamin Lee Augenbraun (2015 Recipient)
Williams College
For high-precision measurement of the DC Stark shift in the two-step 5P1/2 —> 6S1/2—> 6P1/2 transition in atomic indium.

Adam Sean Jermyn (2015 Recipient)
California Institute of Technology
For original contributions to understanding how the atmospheres of pulsar companions are heated and for elucidating the observational consequences.

Leo Szilard Lectureship Award

Joel Primack (2016 Recipient)
University of California, Santa Cruz
For a crucial role in establishing the Congressional Science and Technology Policy Fellowships.

Maria Goeppert Mayer Award

Henriette Elvang (2016 Recipient)
University of Michigan
For discovering new types of black holes in higher dimensions, and giving us a deeper understanding of scattering amplitudes in quantum field theory.

Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award

Michael J. Rosenberg (2016 Recipient)
University of Rochester
For first experimental demonstration of the importance of kinetic and multi-ion effects on fusion rates in a wide class of inertial confinement fusion implosions, and for use of proton diagnostics to unveil new features of magnetic reconnection in laser-generated plasmas.

Max Delbruck Prize in Biological Physics

Stephen R. Quake (2016 Recipient)
Stanford University
For invention of large-scale microfluidic integration and its use to gain new insights into protein crystallography, transcription factor binding, and microbial ecology, and for seminal discoveries in single cell and single molecule genome analysis.

Mitsuyoshi Tanaka Dissertation Award in Experimental Particle Physics

Adish Pradeep Vartak (2016 Recipient)
University of California, San Diego
for contribution to the search and discovery of the Higgs boson and for his exemplary dissertation, entitled "Discovery of a Higgs boson in the H to ZZ to 4L Channel," covering Higgs physics, the details of his Higgs studies and other contributions to the CMS experiment.

Nicholas Metropolis Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Work in Computational Physics

Remi Lehe (2016 Recipient)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
For the development, implementation, and application of new algorithms toward the improvement of laser-wakefield accelerators.

Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize

Eli Yablonovitch (2016 Recipient)
University of California, Berkeley
For seminal achievements in solar cells and strained quantum well lasers, and especially for creating the field of photonic crystals, spanning both fundamental science and practical applications of that science.

Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in AMO Physics

Adam Kaufman (2016 Recipient)
University of Colorado and JILA, Boulder
Laser cooling atoms to indistinguishability: Atomic Hong-Ou-Mandel interference and entanglement through spin exchange.

Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Beam Physics Award

Agostino Marinelli (2015 Recipient)
University of California, Los Angeles
In recognition of a definitive theoretical treatment of microscopic space-charge effects in particle beams, and accompanying innovative experimental tests involving the first use of coherent imaging in microbunched beams.

Outstanding Doctoral Thesis in Astrophysics

Wen-fai Fong (2016 Recipient)
Harvard University
Unveiling the Progenitors of Short Gamma-ray Bursts

Polymer Physics Prize

Anna C. Balazs (2016 Recipient)
University of Pittsburgh
For imaginative and insightful use of theory to understand multi-component polymeric systems.

Prize for Industrial Applications of Physics

Supratik Guha (2015 Recipient)
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
For seminal contributions to the science of silicon microelectronics and particularly, the development of high dielectric constant oxide transistor technology.

Prize for a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution

Gregory S. Adkins (2016 Recipient)
Franklin & Marshall College
For highly significant and sustained contributions to quantum electrodynamics calculations, including the physical properties of positronium, and for tireless and profound commitment to involving undergraduates in theoretical physics research.

Richard L. Greene Dissertation Award in Experimental Condensed Matter or Materials Physics

Alexander Steppke (2016 Recipient)
University of St Andrews
For thermodynamic study of quantum criticality in Yb(Rh0.93Co0.27)2 and YbNi4(P1-xAsx)2

Susanne Baumann (2016 Recipient)
IBM Almaden Res Ctr
For outstanding work in measuring and controlling the spin properties of individual magnetic atoms on surfaces by high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy.

Robert R. Wilson Prize for Achievement in the Physics of Particle Accelerators

Vasily Parkhomchuk (2016 Recipient)
Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics
For crucial contributions in the proof of principle of electron cooling, for leading contribution to the experimental and theoretical development of electron cooling, and for achievement of the planned parameters of coolers for facilities in laboratories around the world.

Stanley Corrsin Award

Ivan Marusic (2016 Recipient)
University of Melbourne
For seminal contributions to the understanding of turbulent wall­bounded flows through laboratory and atmospheric studies of long meandering structures, models of their effect on the wall stress, and extensions of the attached eddy hypothesis.

Thomas H. Stix Award for Outstanding Early Career Contributions to Plasma Physics Research

Tammy Ma (2016 Recipient)
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
For innovation and leadership in quantifying hydrodynamic instability mix in Inertial Confinement Fusion implosions on the National Ignition Facility and for key contributions to experiments demonstrating fusion fuel gains exceeding unity.

Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics

I-yang Lee (2016 Recipient)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
For seminal contributions to the field of nuclear structure through the development of advanced gamma-ray detectors as realized in the Gammasphere device, and for pioneering work on gamma-ray energy tracking detectors demonstrated by the Gamma-ray Energy Tracking Array (GRETINA).

W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics

Jonathan Dorfan (2016 Recipient)
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
For leadership in the BABAR and Belle experiments, which established the violation of CP symmetry in B meson decay, and furthered our understanding of quark mixing and quantum chromodynamics.

David Hitlin (2016 Recipient)
California Institute of Technology
For leadership in the BABAR and Belle experiments, which established the violation of CP symmetry in B meson decay, and furthered our understanding of quark mixing and quantum chromodynamics.

Fumihiko Takasaki (2016 Recipient)
High Energy Physics Laboratory (KEK)
For leadership in the BABAR and Belle experiments, which established the violation of CP symmetry in B meson decay, and furthered our understanding of quark mixing and quantum chromodynamics.

Stephen L Olsen (2016 Recipient)
Institute for Basic Science
For leadership in the BaBar and Belle Experiments, which established the violation of CP symmetry in B-meson decay, and furthered our understanding of quark mixing and quantum chromodynamics.

Will Allis Prize for the Study of Ionized Gases

Klaus Bartschat (2016 Recipient)
Drake University
For fundamental theoretical and computational contributions to the understanding of charged-particle and photon collisions with atoms and molecules and for providing critical data and insight to the plasma modeling community.