Lars Onsager Prize

To recognize outstanding research in theoretical statistical physics including the quantum fluids. The prize consists of $10,000 as well as a certificate citing the contribution made by the recipient. It was presented annually beginning in 1997.

Establishment & Support

The prize was endowed in 1993 by Drs. Russell and Marian Donnelly in memory of the unique spirit of Lars Onsager and his passion for analytical results.

Rules & Eligibility

Nominations are accepted from all scientists of all nations regardless of geographical location. The prize is open to researchers in statistical physics covering a wide range of physical phenomena, as long as the nominee is active at the time of the award. Nominations are active for three years.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Friday, July 1, 2016

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

There may be additional requirements for particular prizes and awards. Please read the rules carefully.

To complete a nomination click here for the electronic submission form. All files should be uploaded in PDF format. Letters can be signed electronically (for example, using an embedded facsimile) or physically. In the latter case, they should be digitally scanned. Filenames should include the name of the nominee.

For updating an existing nomination, please click the link above and log into the form using the email address and password you used to create your nominator account.

2017 Selection Committee Members: Cris Moore (Chair), Nandini Trivedi, Giorgio Parisi (’16 recipient), and James Sauls

Nomination Guidelines


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.

2016 Recipients

Giorgio Parisi
Sapienza Universita di Roma

Marc Mezard
Ecole Normale Superieure

Riccardo Zecchina
Politecnico di Torino



Past Recipients

2015: Franz Wegner
2014: Grigory E. Volovik
          Vladimir P. Mineev
2013: Daniel Fisher
2012: Ian Affleck
2011: Alexander A. Belavin
          Alexander B. Zamolodchikov
          Alexander M. Polyakov
2010: Daniel Friedan
          Stephen Shenker
2009: B. Sriram Shastry
2008: Christopher Pethick
          Gordon Baym
          Tin-Lun Ho
2007: A. Brooks Harris
2006: Rodney J. Baxter
2005: Valery L Pokrovsky
2004: John Cardy
2003: Pierre Claude Hohenberg
2002: Anatoly Larkin
2001: Bertrand I. Halperin
2000: David James Thouless
          John Michael Kosterlitz
1999: Chen Ning Yang
1998: Leo P. Kadanoff
1997: Robert H. Kraichnan
1995: Michael E. Fisher