J. J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics

To recognize and encourage outstanding achievement in particle theory. The prize consists of $10,000, an allowance for travel to the meeting of the Society at which the prize is to be awarded, and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient. It will be presented annually.

Establishment & Support

This prize was endowed in 1984 as a memorial to and in recognition of the accomplishments of J. J. Sakurai by the family and friends of J. J. Sakurai.

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 person on a shared basis. The prize will normally be awarded for theoretical contributions made at an early stage of the recipients research career. Nominations are active for three years.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Monday, August 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: Ken Intriligator (Chair), other members to be announced.


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 Recipient

G. Peter Lepage
Cornell University

Gerard Peter Lepage



Past Recipients

2015: George Zweig
2014: David A. Kosower
          Lance J. Dixon
          Zvi Bern
2013: Helen Quinn
          Roberto Peccei
2012: Bryan Webber
          Guido Altarelli
          Torbjorn Sjostrand
2011: Chris Quigg
          Estia Eichten
          Ian Hinchliffe
          Kenneth Lane
2010: Carl R. Hagen
          Francois Englert
          Gerald S. Guralnik
          Peter W. Higgs
          Robert Brout
          T.W.B. Kibble
2009: Davison E. Soper
          John C. Collins
          R. Keith Ellis
2008: Alexei Smirnov
          Stanislav Mikheyev
2007: Stanley Brodsky
2006: Savas Dimopoulos
2005: Susumu Okubo
2004: Anthony Sanda
          Ikaros Bigi
2003: Alfred Mueller
          George Sterman
2002: Alberto Sirlin
          William J. Marciano
2001: Mark Wise
          Mikhail Voloshin
          Nathan Isgur
2000: Curtis G. Callan, Jr.
1999: Arkady Vainshtein
          Mikhail Shifman
          Valentin Invanovich Zakharov
1998: Leonard Susskind
1997: Thomas Appelquist
1996: William Allan Bardeen
1995: Howard Georgi
1994: Yoichiro Nambu
1993: Mary K. Gaillard
1992: Lincoln Wolfenstein
1991: Vladimir N. Gribov
1990: Toichiro Kinoshita
1989: Nicola Cabibbo
1988: Stephen L. Adler
1987: Luciano Maiani, John Iliopoulos
1986: David Gross, H. David Politzer, and Frank Wilczek
1985: Toshihide Maskawa, Makoto Kobayashi