Max Delbruck Prize in Biological Physics
To recognize and encourage outstanding achievement in biological physics research. The prize consists of $10,000, an allowance for travel to attend the meeting at which the prize is awarded, and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient or recipients. It is presented annually.
Prior to 2008, this prize was awarded as the Biological Physics Prize.
Establishment & Support
The prize was established in 1981 by friends of the Division of Biological Physics and renamed the Max Delbruck Prize in 2006 in conjuction with a campaign that endowed the prize. The successful fundraising efforts enabled the increase of the prize amount from $5,000 to $10,000. Key contributors include an anonymous donor, a former student of John Hopfield, and all DBIO members as a group through a lump-sum transfer from DBIO operating funds.
Previous sponsors of the Biological Physics Prize included Abbott Labs, Bio-Rad Microscience Division, Candela Laser Corp., Coherent Laser Products Group, Eastman Kodak Co., Furumoto Research Foundation, Newport Corporation-Bio-Instruments Division, and Siemens AG, Medical Engineering Group with continued funding by Coherent.
Rules & Eligibility
Nominations are open to scientists of all nationalities regardless of the geographical site at which the work was done. The prize may be awarded to more than one investigator on a shared basis. Nominations are active for three cycles.
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 of preprints
To start a new or update a continuing nomination, please see the Prize & Award Nomination Guidelines.
2018 Selection Committee Members: Rob de Ruyter (Chair), Daniel Fisher, Margaret Gardel, Wilma Olson, Alan Perelson
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 RecipientAlan Perelson
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Past Recipients2016: Stephen R. Quake
2015: Stanislas Leibler
2014: Robert H. Austin
2012: William A. Eaton
2010: Xiaowei Zhuang
2008: Steven M. Block
2006: Alfred G. Redfield
2004: Peter Wolynes
2002: Carlos Bustamante
2000: Paul Kenneth Hansma
1998: Rangaswamy Srinivasan
1996: Seiji Ogawa
1994: Robert M. Pearlstein
Robert S. Knox
1992: Hans Frauenfelder
1991: Watt W. Webb
1987: Britton Chance
1986: Harmut Michel
1985: John Hopfield
1984: Edward M. Purcell
Howard C. Berg
1983: Paul C. Lauterbur
1982: George Feher
Roderick K. Clayton