Prize Recipient

ForbesJerry W. Forbes
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."


Personal History
Ph.D. Shockwave Physics, Washington State University, 1976, M.S. Physics, University of Maryland, 1967, B.S. Western Illinois University, 1963
Research Interests
Material response to rapid energy deposition. In particular, shock wave and electron beam loading of inert and energetic materials. Current interest is to measure the hydrodynamic details of detonation waves.

Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society, 1960
Sigma Zeta National Science Honor Society, 1961
Fellow of American Physical Society, 1992

Secretary/Treasurer APS Shock Compression TG, 1988-1991
Co-technical program chair Shock Compression of Condensed Matter meeting Baltimore, MD, 2005
Chairman APS Shock Compression Topical Group (TG), 1993, Co-editor Shock Compression of Condensed Matter-1991, 1992; Co-editor High-Pressure Science and Technology-1997; Technical program chair and proceedings co-editor APS Shock Compression of Condensed Matter meeting Portland, OR, 2003
Member of the Materials Research Society since 1993
Have been part of PhD review committees at American University in 1996 and at University of Maryland in 2008 .
Teaches a Shock Wave Physics of Condensed Matter graduate level course at University of Maryland since 2004
Authored textbook Shock Compression of Condensed Matter-A Primer, Springer, 2012

Selection Committee:

Jon Eggert, Chair; Naresh Thadhani; Gennady Kanel; Dana Dattelbaum; William Proud