New Prize and Award Recipients

APS Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research

Daniel Kleppner (2017 Recipient)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For seminal research setting the direction for modern atomic, molecular, and optical physics, including precision measurements with hydrogen masers, the physics of Rydberg atoms and their quantum chaotic behavior in high fields, cavity quantum electrodynamics, and the production of quantum degenerate atomic gases.

Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics

Mary Jo Nye (2017 Recipient)
Oregon State University
For path-breaking contributions to the history of physics, as well as for generous service to the profession.

Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award in Fluid Dynamics

Daniel B. Quinn (2016 Recipient)
Standford University
For fundamental new insights into the hydrodynamics of fish, and for opening up new strategies for underwater propulsion.

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

Sauro Succi (2017 Recipient)
Istituto Applicazioni Calcolo "Mauro Picone", C.N.R.
For groundbreaking contributions to the development and application of the lattice Boltzmann method.

Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science

Louis F. DiMauro (2017 Recipient)
The Ohio State University
For groundbreaking work in several areas of high field and ultrafast optical science, from high harmonic generation and free electron lasers to attosecond science.

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

Mohammad Mirhosseini (2016 Recipient)
California Institute of Technology
For his doctoral dissertation, “Quantum Information with Structured Light.

Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics

Carl M. Bender (2017 Recipient)
Washington University
For developing the theory of PT symmetry in quantum systems and sustained seminal contributions that have generated profound and creative new mathematics, impacted broad areas of experimental physics, and inspired generations of mathematical physicists.

David Adler Lectureship Award in the Field of Materials Physics

Heike E. Riel (2017 Recipient)
IBM Research - Zurich
For seminal achievements in the science and technology of nanoscale electronics, particularly the exploration of novel materials such as semiconducting nanowires, molecules and organic materials for future nanoscale devices, and outstanding presentations and outreach for general audiences.

Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics

Eli Rotenberg (2017 Recipient)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
For the development of angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) leading to groundbreaking surface science.

Stephen Kevan (2017 Recipient)
University of Oregon
For the development of angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) leading to groundbreaking surface science.

Dissertation Award in Hadronic Physics

Phiala E. Shanahan (2016 Recipient)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For outstanding achievements in elucidating the role of strangeness and charge symmetry breaking in nucleon structure using lattice quantum chromodynamics and effective field theory techniques.

Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics

Jonathan Loren Ouellet (2017 Recipient)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For his outstanding contributions to the search for neutrinoless double beta decay of 130Te, and setting a new limit on its decay half-life, at the Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events in Gran Sasso, Italy.

Distinguished Lectureship Award on the Applications of Physics

Rudolf M. Tromp (2017 Recipient)
IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
For extensive and significant contributions to the field of surface physics.

Dwight Nicholson Medal for Outreach

John M. Dudley (2016 Recipient)
FEMTO-ST Institute
For outstanding leadership of the International Year of Light (2015) and for optical science and engineering outreach on a global scale.

Joseph J. Niemela (2016 Recipient)
International Center for Theoretical Physics
For outstanding leadership of the International Year of Light (2015) and for optical science and engineering outreach on a global scale.

Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy & Dynamics

Albert Stolow (2017 Recipient)
University of Ottawa and National Research Council of Canada (NRC)
For the development of methods for probing and controlling ultrafast dynamics in polyatomic molecules, including time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy and imaging, strong field molecular ionization, and dynamic Stark quantum control.

Edward A. Bouchet Award

Enrico J. Ramirez-Ruiz (2017 Recipient)
University of California, Santa Cruz
For important contributions to the dynamics of plasma in extreme astrophysical environments, and advocating for more Hispanic students to enter astrophysics.

Einstein Prize

Robert M. Wald (2017 Recipient)
The University of Chicago
For fundamental contributions to classical and semiclassical gravity studies, in particular, the discovery of the general formula for black hole entropy, and for developing a rigorous formulation of quantum field theory in curved spacetime.

Excellence in Physics Education Award

Contemporary Physics Education Project (Howard Matis) (2017 Recipient)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
For leadership in providing educational materials on contemporary physics topics to students for over 25 years.

Fluid Dynamics Prize

Howard 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, physics and engineering.

Francis M. Pipkin Award

Jens Dilling (2017 Recipient)
TRIUMF
For technical contributions and the use of Penning traps for the precise measurement of short-lived, radioactive nuclei such as halo nuclei and highly charged ions.

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

Marc André Meyers (2017 Recipient)
University of California at San Diego
For pioneering contributions to understanding extreme behavior in a wide range of materials undergoing shock-compression, including deformation, fracture, phase transformations, and chemical reactions.

George E. Pake Prize

Tze-Chiang Chen (2017 Recipient)
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
For expert leadership in semiconductor technology development and deployment, as well as basic science stewardship.

George E. Valley Jr. Prize

Kate A. Ross (2016 Recipient)
Colorado State University
For the elucidation of quantum frustrated magnetism and its expression in the ground state selection of pyrochlore magnets.

Hans A. Bethe Prize

Stuart L. Shapiro (2017 Recipient)
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
For seminal and sustained contributions to understanding physical processes in compact object astrophysics, and advancing numerical relativity.

Henry Primakoff Award for Early-Career Particle Physics

Tracy R. Slatyer (2017 Recipient)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For innovative theoretical calculations and data analyses of the multi-wavelength sky to probe the nature of dark matter.

Herbert P. Broida Prize

Tilman Pfau (2017 Recipient)
University of Stuttgart
For pioneering, field-opening contributions to the physics of Rydberg atoms in ultracold and room-temperature gases, and for the first observation of ultralong-range polar Rydberg molecules.

Herman Feshbach Prize in Theoretical Nuclear Physics

Joseph Carlson (2017 Recipient)
Los Alamos National Laboratory
For pioneering the development of quantum Monte Carlo techniques to solve key problems in nuclear structure physics, cold atom physics, and dense matter theory of relevance to neutron stars.

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

Martin Zwierlein (2017 Recipient)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For seminal studies of ultracold Fermi gases, including precision measurements of the equation of state, the observation of superfluidity, solitons, vortices, and polarons, the realization of a microscope for fermions in a lattice; and the production of chemically stable polar molecules.

Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics

Emily A. Carter (2017 Recipient)
Princeton University
For the development of rigorous, ab initio methods such as embedding techniques and orbital free density functional theory, and their application to modeling the electronic structure of large systems, including solid materials, and charge transfer phenomena between molecules and surfaces.

J.J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics

John F. Gunion (2017 Recipient)
University of California, Davis
For instrumental contributions to the theory of the properties, reactions, and signatures of the Higgs boson.

Gordon L. Kane (2017 Recipient)
University of Michigan
For instrumental contributions to the theory of the properties, reactions, and signatures of the Higgs boson.

Sally Dawson (2017 Recipient)
Brookhaven National Laboratory
For instrumental contributions to the theory of the properties, reactions, and signatures of the Higgs boson.

Howard E. Haber (2017 Recipient)
University of California, Santa Cruz
For instrumental contributions to the theory of the properties, reactions, and signatures of the Higgs boson.

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

Ian Moult (2017 Recipient)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For inventing powerful new observables for tagging boosted bosons, for developing new quantum field theory techniques for jet substructure calculations, and for devising new helicity operator methods to improve precision Higgs boson studies at the Large Hadron Collider.

James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials

Paul C. Canfield (2017 Recipient)
Iowa State University
For development and use of solution growth of single crystalline intermetallic materials to design, discover, and elucidate new heavy fermion, superconducting, magnetic, and quasicrystalline states.

James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics

Ellen G. 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

Moon J. Park (2017 Recipient)
Pohang University of Science & Technology
For incisive experiments elucidating the interplay of transport and morphology in nanostructured ion-containing polymer materials.

John Wheatley Award

Neil G. Turok (2017 Recipient)
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
For visionary efforts to provide science and math training to young Africans, to help promote technological and socio-economic development on that continent.

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

Richard Peterson (2017 Recipient)
Bethel University
For championing a close connection between an enriching advanced laboratory program and quality undergraduate research, taking formative roles in organizations such as the Advanced Laboratory Physics Association and American Association of Physics Teachers.

Joseph A. Burton Forum Award

Rush D. Holt, Jr. (2017 Recipient)
American Association for Advancement of Science
For demonstrating resolve, creativity, and skill in advising national security leadership to conclude and sustain nuclear arms control and nonproliferation agreements.

Joseph F. Keithley Award for Advances in Measurement Science

Peter Denes (2017 Recipient)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
For his pioneering advances in detectors for electron and X-ray microscopy, especially the development of complementary metal oxide semiconductor detectors for electron microscopy, and column parallel readout charge coupled devices for ptychographic X-ray microscope.

Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize

Martin J. Rees (2017 Recipient)
University of Cambridge
For very many contributions to our understanding of the universe and its high-energy contents, including quasars, pulsars, and black holes; and for broadly sharing knowledge of these in media presentations, lectures, and technical and informal writing.

Justin Jankunas Doctoral Dissertation Award in Chemical Physics

Yuval Shagam (2017 Recipient)
Weizmann Institute of Science
For his thesis entitled “Cold Chemistry with Cold Molecules,” which he wrote under the direction of Prof. Ed Narevicius at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

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

Natan Andrei (2017 Recipient)
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
For the pioneering discovery of the exact solution of the Kondo and Anderson models, opening a new field of exact treatments of quantum impurity systems.

Paul B. Wiegmann (2017 Recipient)
The University of Chicago
For the pioneering discovery of the exact solution of the Kondo and Anderson models, opening a new field of exact treatments of quantum impurity systems.

LeRoy Apker Award

Stephanie Gorczyca (2016 Recipient)
University of San Diego
For investigation into the effect of crowding on dynamics of DNA using single-molecule tracking techniques.

Nick Rivera (2016 Recipient)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For important advances in the field of photonics and exceptional leadership of the Society of Physics Students.

Leo Szilard Lectureship Award

James Timbie (2017 Recipient)
U.S. Department of State
For demonstrating resolve, creativity, and skill in advising national security leadership on nuclear arms control and nonproliferation agreements.

Maria Goeppert Mayer Award

Maiken Mikkelsen (2017 Recipient)
Duke University
For the demonstration of outstanding potential in the field of quantum nanophotonics.

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

Alan Perelson (2017 Recipient)
Los Alamos National Laboratory
For profound contributions to theoretical immunology, which bring insight and save lives.

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

Shi Liu (2017 Recipient)
University of Pennsylvania
For development, and for application to the dynamics and thermal properties of ferroelectric materials, of innovative computational methodologies and theoretical models applicable to the physics of materials ranging from nano-to mesoscopic length scales.

Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize

Alexei Kitaev (2017 Recipient)
California Institute of Technology
For theories of topological order and its consequences in a broad range of physical systems.

Xiao-Gang Wen (2017 Recipient)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For theories of topological order and its consequences in a broad range of physical systems.

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

Panagiotis Baxevanis (2016 Recipient)
SLAC - National Accelerator Laboratory
In recognition of outstanding contributions to the theory of three dimensional effects in free electron lasers.

Outstanding Doctoral Thesis in Astrophysics

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

Ovshinsky Sustainable Energy Fellowship

Marina S. Leite (2016 Recipient)
University of Maryland, College Park
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Polymer Physics Prize

Monica Olvera de la Cruz (2017 Recipient)
Northwestern University
For outstanding contributions to the theoretical understanding of polymers, and the effects of electrostatic interactions on their structure and properties.

Prize for Industrial Applications of Physics

Asad Khan (2017 Recipient)
Kent Displays
For novel contributions to the physics of bistable, reflective cholesteric liquid crystals, and the commercial applications of pressure-sensitive liquid crystal displays, including switchable windows, eWriters and numerous new products.

Prize for a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution

Protik K. Majumder (2017 Recipient)
Williams College
For contributions to the precision measurement of atomic properties, and sustained, inspirational mentorship of undergraduate researchers.

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

Deep Jariwala (2017 Recipient)
Northwestern University
For insightful work in the processing, properties and applications of heterostructure devices from low-dimensional materials

Liang Wu (2017 Recipient)
University of California, Berkeley
For insightful experiments on the electrodynamic response of topological insulators and the discovery of the topological magneto-electric effect.

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

James Bjorken (2017 Recipient)
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center Laboratory
For the detailed, theoretical description of intrabeam scattering, which has empowered major discoveries in a broad range of disciplines by a wide variety of accelerators, including hadron colliders, damping rings/linear colliders, and low emittance synchrotron light sources.

Sekazi Mtingwa (2017 Recipient)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For the detailed, theoretical description of intrabeam scattering, which has empowered major discoveries in a broad range of disciplines by a wide variety of accelerators, including hadron colliders, damping rings/linear colliders, and low emittance synchrotron light sources.

Anton Piwinski (2017 Recipient)
DESY
For the detailed, theoretical description of intrabeam scattering, which has empowered major discoveries in a broad range of disciplines by a wide variety of accelerators, including hadron colliders, damping rings/linear colliders, and low emittance synchrotron light sources.

Rolf Landauer and Charles H. Bennett Award in Quantum Computing

Andrea Morello (2017 Recipient)
University of New South Wales
For remarkable achievements in the experimental development of spin qubits in silicon.

Stanley Corrsin Award

Ivan Marusic (2016 Recipient)
University of Melbourne
For fundamental experiments and original modeling concepts, especially the attached eddy hypothesis, leading to new understanding of turbulent wall-bounded flows.

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 at the National Ignition Facility and for key contributions to experiments demonstrating fusion fuel gains exceeding unity.

Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics

Charles F. Perdrisat (2017 Recipient)
College of William and Mary
For groundbreaking measurements of nucleon structure, and discovering the unexpected behavior of the magnetic and electric nucleon form factors with changing momentum transfer.

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

Peter Jenni (2017 Recipient)
CERN and Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg
For distinguished leadership in the conception, design, and construction of the ATLAS and CMS detectors, which were instrumental in the discovery of the Higgs boson.

Michel Della Negra (2017 Recipient)
CERN
For distinguished leadership in the conception, design, and construction of the ATLAS and CMS detectors, which were instrumental in the discovery of the Higgs boson.

Tejinder Virdee (2017 Recipient)
Imperial College London
For distinguished leadership in the conception, design and construction of the ATLAS and CMS detectors, which were instrumental in the discovery of the Higgs boson.

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.