Prize

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 1995.

Rules and 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 will be considered for three review cycles provided the nominator re-certifies the nomination before the next deadline.

Process and selection

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

Selection Committee Composition: The selection committee is composed of six people: a representative from GSNP or DCMP serving as the chair, alternating annually, two representatives from GSNP, two representatives from DCMP, and the previous recipient.

Selection Committee

  • Raymond Goldstein (Chair)

Establishment and 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.

Recent recipients

Peter Hänggi

2023 recipient

For the development of Brownian motors and pioneering contributions to nonequilibrium statistical physics, relativistic and quantum thermodynamics.

Boris Altshuler

2022 recipient

For foundational work on many-body localization, its associated phase transition, and implications for thermalization and ergodicity.

David A. Huse

2022 recipient

For foundational work on many-body localization, its associated phase transition, and implications for thermalization and ergodicity.

Igor L Aleiner

2022 recipient

For foundational work on many-body localization, its associated phase transition, and implications for thermalization and ergodicity.

Lev P. Pitaevskii

2021 recipient

For originating the Gross-Pitaevskii theory of non-uniform Bose-Einstein condensates and subsequent extensive contributions to the theory of quantum fluids, especially as applied to ultracold atomic gases.

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The membership of APS is diverse and global, and the nominees and recipients of APS Honors should reflect that diversity so that all are recognized for their impact on our community. Nominations of members belonging to groups traditionally underrepresented in physics, such as women, LGBT+ scientists, scientists who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), disabled scientists, scientists from institutions with limited resources, and scientists from outside the United States, are especially encouraged.

Nominees for and holders of APS Honors (prizes, awards, and fellowship) and official leadership positions are expected to meet standards of professional conduct and integrity as described in the APS Ethics Guidelines. Violations of these standards may disqualify people from consideration or lead to revocation of honors or removal from office.

Lars Onsager Prize

Nominations deadline
June 3, 2024
Type
Prize
Category
Research
Amount
$10,000

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