Leo P. Kadanoff Prize

Leo Kadanoff photoConceived and proposed by the Group on Statistical and Nonlinear Physics (GSNP), the Prize will honor the memory and celebrate the remarkable legacy of Leo Kadanoff. It will recognize a scientist or scientists whose work (theoretical, experimental or computational) has opened new vistas for statistical and/or nonlinear physics.

This new APS Prize will cover an area that has been underrepresented in existing prizes and awards—the core areas of GSNP and their applications throughout physics and beyond.

APS and GSNP are enormously grateful to family members, friends, and colleagues of Leo Kadanoff who have already raised commitments totaling over $100,000 toward the endowment goal, and are seeking the balance—in the form of tax-deductible contributions—with a projected completion in 2019.

GSNP’s goal is to raise a $300,000 endowment, so that the Kadanoff Prize may be given in perpetuity.

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About the Award

The Kadanoff Prize will focus attention on the interdisciplinary scope of statistical and nonlinear physics today. By necessity this would include consideration of computational, experimental and theoretical research. The annual Prize will consist of:

  • A $10,000 stipend;
  • A certificate citing the accomplishments of the recipient;
  • A medal bearing the likeness of Leo Kadanoff;
  • An invitation to speak at the APS March Meeting;
  • A travel allowance to attend the meeting.

About Leo P. Kadanoff

Kadanoff, who served as APS president from 2007-2008, had an enormous impact on statistical and nonlinear physics. He himself was the recipient of many of the field’s most prestigious awards (Kenneth Wilson publicly mused why Kadanoff was not a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize). His influence was broad and his originality deep—broader and deeper than a list of his research papers might suggest. His accessible approach to the renormalization group, for example, has been emulated in an array of fields. And his lectures and popular writings have inspired a generation of scientists.

For more information and/or ways to make a gift in support of the Leo P. Kadanoff Prize, please contact, Irene I. Lukoff, APS Director of Development (lukoff@aps.org) or 301-209-3224.

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If you prefer to contribute by mail, please make your check payable to the American Physical Society and note “Kadanoff Prize”. Mail your gift to Irene I. Lukoff, Director of Development, One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740. For more information, visit Giving Options.

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$100,000 and above


$25,000 - $99,999

Ruth Kadanoff

Marcia Kadanoff & Rich Mironov

Ashvin Chhabra

$10,000 - $19,999

Walter & Shirley Massey

$5,000 - $9,999

Betsy Kadanoff

Thomas F. Rosenbaum and Katherine T. Faber

$1,000 - $4,999

Susan Coppersmith

Predrag Cvitanovic

Yejun Feng

Raymond E. Goldstein

George E. Laramore

Forrest Meiere

Edward Witten

$500 - $999

Timothy Halpin-Healy

Greg Huber

Sasha Mironov

Joseph Serene

Howard Stone

Up to $499

John Bechhoefer

David A. Cinabro

Karin Andrea Dahmen Dahmen

Eduardo Hector Fradkin

Harvey Gould

Amy Graves

Robert William Hosken

Christopher Jarzynski

E. Scott Kirkpatrick

Rikio Konno

Daniel Perry Lathrop

Robert L. Leheny

Mark Douglas Nockleby

Troy Shinbrot

Mark Bradley Spitzer

Asle Sudbo

Shubha Tewari

Yishu Wang

Lingyu Yang