Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize

To recognize and encourage outstanding theoretical or experimental contributions to condensed matter physics. The prize consists of $20,000 and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient or recipients. It will be awarded annually.

Establishment & Support

The prize was endowed in 1952 by AT&T Bell Laboratories (now Bell Laboratories, Alcatel-Lucent) and is currently co-sponsored with the HTC-VIA Group as a means of recognizing outstanding scientific work. It is named in memory of Oliver E. Buckley, an influential president of Bell Labs.

Rules & Eligibility

Each prize shall be awarded for a most important contribution to the advancement of knowledge in condensed matter physics. The prize shall ordinarily be awarded to one person but may be shared when all the recipients have contributed to the same accomplishments. Nominations are active for three years.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2017

The nomination package must include:

  • A letter of 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 more 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.

2018 Selection Committee Members: Eva Andrei (Chair), Paul Crowell, Suchitra Sebastian, Xiao-Gang Wen, Clare Yu,


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 Recipients

Alexei Kitaev
California Institute of Technology

Xiao-Gang Wen
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Past Recipients

2016: Eli Yablonovitch
2015: Aharon Kapitulnik
          Allen Goldman
          Arthur Hebard
          Matthew Fisher
2014: Philip Kim
2013: John Slonczewski
          Luc Berger
2012: Charles L. Kane
          Laurens W. Molenkamp
          Shoucheng Zhang
2011: Juan Carlos Campuzano
          Peter Johnson
          Zhi-Xun Shen
2010: Alan Mackay
          Dov Levine
          Paul Steinhardt
2009: Jagadeesh Moodera
          Paul Tedrow
          Robert Meservey
          Terunobu Miyazaki
2008: Mildred Dresselhaus
2007: Allan H. MacDonald
          James P. Eisenstein
          Steven M. Girvin
2006: Noel A. Clark
          Robert Meyer
2005: David Awschalom
          Gabriel Aeppli
          Myriam Sarachik
2004: David Nelson
          Tom Lubensky
2003: Boris Altshuler
2002: Jainendra Jain
          Nicholas Read
          Robert Willett
2001: Alan Harold Luther
          Victor John Emery
2000: Gerald J. Dolan
          Marc Aaron Kastner
          Theodore Alan Fulton
1999: Sidney Robert Nagel
1998: Chang C. Tsuei
          Dale J. Van Harlingen
          Donald M. Ginsberg
          John Robert Kirtley
1997: James S. Langer
1996: Charles Pence Slichter
1995: Rolf Landauer
1994: Aron Pinczuk
1993: F. Duncan M. Haldane
1992: Richard A. Webb
1991: Patrick A. Lee
1990: David Edwards
1989: Hellmut Fritzsche
1988: Frank F. Fang, Alan B. Fowler, and Phillip J. Stiles
1987: Robert J. Birgeneau
1986: Robert B. Laughlin
1985: Robert O. Pohl
1984: D. C. Tsui, H. L. Stormer, and A. C. Gossard
1983: Alan J. Heeger
1982: Bertrand I. Halperin
1981: David M. Lee, Robert C. Richardson and Douglas D. Osheroff
1980: Dean E. Eastman, William E. Spicer
1979: Marvin L. Cohen
1978: George D. Watkins
1977: Leo P. Kadanoff
1976: George Feher
1975: Albert W. Overhauser
1974: Michael Tinkham
1973: Gen Shirane
1972: James C. Phillips
1971: Erwin Hahn
1970: T. H. Geballe, B. T. Matthias
1969: J. J. Hopfield, D. G. Thomas
1968: J. Robert Schrieffer
1967: Harry G. Drickamer
1966: Theodore H. Maiman
1965: Ivar Giaever
1964: Philip W. Anderson
1963: William M. Fairbank
1962: B. N. Brockhouse
1961: Walter Kohn
1960: Benjamin Lax
1959: Conyers Herring
1958: Nicolaas Bloembergen
1957: Charles Kittel
1956: Clifford G. Shull
1955: LeRoy Apker
1954: John Bardeen
1953: William Shockley