New Prize and Award Recipients

APS Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research

Gordon Baym (2021 Recipient)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
For major discoveries in theoretical condensed matter and many-body physics, neutron star structure and composition, quark matter and quark-gluon plasma physics, and in atomic physics and ultracold quantum gases.

Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics

Hasok Chang (2021 Recipient)
Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
For innovative and influential studies on the history and philosophy of the physical sciences, including scholarly works on scientific evidence, the physics-chemistry interaction, and historical and epistemic aspects of thermal physics.

Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award in Fluid Dynamics

Wai Hong Ronald Chan (2021 Recipient)
University of Colorado Boulder
For developing a novel theoretical and computational framework which established fundamental insights into the turbulent bubble breakup cascade in oceanic breaking waves.

Andrei Sakharov Prize

Ayse Erzan (2020 Recipient)
Istanbul Technical University
For a lifelong commitment to human rights, especially for a steadfast defense of the rights of citizens to criticize those in power, even at great personal cost.

Xiaoxing Xi (2020 Recipient)
Temple University
For articulate and steadfast advocacy in support of the US scientific community and open scientific exchange, and especially his efforts to clarify the nature of international scientific collaboration in cases involving allegations of scientific espionage.

Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics

Anders W. Sandvik (2021 Recipient)
Boston University
For the development of the stochastic series expansion algorithm, and for numerous creative applications of this method to the study of quantum phase transitions.

Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science

Peter J. Delfyett, Jr. (2021 Recipient)
University of Central Florida
For pioneering contributions to the development of ultrafast mode-locked semiconductor diode lasers, including the scientific understanding of the underlying physical processes, and their application in ultra-wide bandwidth optical communications and signal processing.

Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Biological Physics

William Gilpin (2020 Recipient)
Stanford University
For the discovery and experimental characterization of a beautiful vortex tiling phenomenon created by swimming zooplankton, and the development of theoretical tools for the analysis of eco-evolutionary processes.

Carl E. Anderson Division of Laser Science Dissertation Award

James D. Gaynor (2020 Recipient)
University of California, Berkeley
For the experimental development and theoretical interpretation of Fourier-transform multidimensional, electronic-vibrational spectroscopy to directly measure ultrafast vibronic phenomena in photo-excited molecules in the condensed phase, leading to new insights into electron and proton transfer.

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin Doctoral Dissertation Award in Astrophysics

Shany Danieli (2021 Recipient)
Yale University
For thesis topic, “Clues to the Nature of Dark Matter from Low-Mass Galaxies Beyond the Local Group."

Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics

Joel L. Lebowitz (2021 Recipient)
Rutgers University
For seminal contributions to nonequilibrium and equilibrium statistical mechanics, in particular, studies of large deviations in nonequilibrium steady states and rigorous analysis of Gibbs equilibrium ensembles.

David Adler Lectureship Award in the Field of Materials Physics

Robert Cava (2021 Recipient)
Princeton University
For enabling significant advances in the field of topological materials by recognizing, discovering and fabricating novel compounds, and demonstrating with collaborators that such materials show the expected exotic topological properties.

Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics

Michael F. Crommie (2021 Recipient)
University of California, Berkeley
For outstanding contributions to understanding and controlling the fundamental electronic properties of low-dimensional systems at the atomic scale.

Deborah Jin Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Atomic, Molecular, or Optical Physics

Christie Chiu (2020 Recipient)
Harvard University
For thesis topic, "For exploring the Fermi-Hubbard model with ultracold atoms."

Dissertation Award in Hadronic Physics

Weizhi Xiong (2021 Recipient)
Syracuse University
For outstanding contributions to the proton charge radius experiment, PRad, at Jefferson Lab, and especially for his analysis of the PRad experimental data leading to a precise determination of the proton charge radius value.

Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics

Erika M. Holmbeck (2022 Recipient)
Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science
For thesis work elucidating the nature of the rapid neutron-capture process, including actinide production in the early Universe, with an innovative combination of nuclear network calculations and spectroscopic observations of metal-poor stars in the Milky Way.

Dissertation Award in Statistical and Nonlinear Physics

Suraj Shankar (2020 Recipient)
Harvard University
For an outstanding doctoral thesis that blends geometry and statistical mechanics to uncover new topological phenomena in both equilibrium and active soft matter physics.

Distinguished Lectureship Award on the Applications of Physics

Sufi Zafar (2021 Recipient)
IBM TJ Watson Research Center,Yorktown Heights, NY
For contributions to semiconductor device-based biosensors with applications in biology, healthcare and Internet of Things (IoT).

Dwight Nicholson Medal for Outreach

R. Michael Barnett (2020 Recipient)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
For a lifetime of innovations in outreach bringing the discoveries and searches of particle physicists and cosmologists to multitudes of students and lay-people around the world.

Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy & Dynamics

Martin T. Zanni (2021 Recipient)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
For the development and application of ultrafast, nonlinear visible and infrared spectroscopies and pioneering the use of pulse shaping techniques in the infrared, enabling insightful studies into chemical, biological, and materials systems.

Early Career Award for Soft Matter Research

Eleni Katifori (2021 Recipient)
University of Pennsylvania
For the seminal use of physical principles in understanding living transport networks.

Edward A. Bouchet Award

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (2021 Recipient)
University of New Hampshire
For contributions to theoretical cosmology and particle physics, ranging from axion physics to models of inflation to alternative models of dark energy, for tireless efforts in increasing inclusivity in physics, and for co-creating the Particles for Justice movement.

Einstein Prize

Saul Teukolsky (2021 Recipient)
Cornell and Caltech
For outstanding contributions to observational tests of general relativity with theories of gravitational waves, astrophysical black holes, and neutron stars.

Clifford Martin Will (2021 Recipient)
University of Florida
For outstanding contributions to observational tests of general relativity with theories of gravitational waves, astrophysical black holes, and neutron stars.

Excellence in Physics Education Award

Anderson Sunda-Meya (2021 Recipient)
Xavier University of Louisiana
For multifaceted support and inspiration to students and faculty at Xavier University of Louisiana, robust physics outreach to the New Orleans region, and sustained commitment to recruiting, retaining, mentoring, teaching, incorporating service learning, and conducting research with African American physics students.

Fluid Dynamics Prize

David Quéré (2021 Recipient)
ESPCI-Paris
For seminal contributions to wetting of surfaces and interfacial hydrodynamics by revealing the physics of the phenomena through reduction to their simple core.

Francis M. Pipkin Award

Andrew D. Ludlow (2021 Recipient)
National Institute of Standards and Technology
For significant contributions to the field of state-of-the-art atomic clocks and precision tests of fundamental physics.

Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids

Robert W. Boyd (2020 Recipient)
University of Ottawa, University of Rochester
For pioneering contributions to the discipline of composite optical materials and metamaterials, including seminal work on the understanding of nanoscale optical composites, and for developing metamaterials and metasurfaces for crucial photonics applications.

Vladimir M. Shalaev (2020 Recipient)
Purdue University
For pioneering contributions to the discipline of composite optical materials and metamaterials, including seminal work on the understanding of nanoscale optical composites, and for developing metamaterials and metasurfaces for crucial photonics applications.

George E. Duvall Shock Compression Science Award

Craig M. Tarver (2021 Recipient)
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
For theoretical advancement of the understanding of shock-driven reactions and detonation in condensed phase explosives.

George E. Pake Prize

James W. Bray (2020 Recipient)
General Electric Research
For outstanding contributions in applying superconductivity to MRI magnets and industrial scale generators/motors, and for the management of these and other projects that have led to world-class products and leading-edge technology innovations.

George E. Valley, Jr. Prize

Vedika Khemani (2021 Recipient)
Stanford University
For seminal theoretical work on novel phases of many-body localized and Floquet systems, including demonstrating the absolute stability of a time crystal in such systems.

Hans A. Bethe Prize

James W. Truran (2021 Recipient)
University of Chicago, Illinois
For distinguished contributions across the breadth of nuclear astrophysics, Galactic chemical evolution and cosmochronology.

Henry Primakoff Award for Early-Career Particle Physics

Jaroslav Trnka (2021 Recipient)
University of California, Davis
For seminal work on the computation of particle scattering amplitudes, including the development of a new mathematical approach, the amplituhedron.

Herbert P. Broida Prize

John M. Doyle (2021 Recipient)
Harvard University
For pioneering work in the field of cold molecules, and for wide-ranging studies of these molecular systems, especially laser cooling, high-precision spectroscopy, and searches for permanent electric dipole moments, providing insight into possible new physics.

Herman Feshbach Prize in Theoretical Nuclear Physics

Berndt Mueller (2021 Recipient)
Duke University; Brookhaven National Laboratory
For seminal theoretical contributions to the identification of quark-gluon plasma signatures, focused on predictions of hadronic observables of the partonic state that inform the understanding of thermalization, fluctuations, flow observables, and hadronic spectra.

I.I. Rabi Prize in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

Monika Schleier-Smith (2021 Recipient)
Stanford University
For seminal work in quantum optics and for discoveries at the intersection of AMO, condensed matter, and quantum information, including original contributions to spin squeezing in optical cavities, engineering long-range interactions for quantum simulations, and metrology, and for theoretical development of a measurement protocol related to the scrambling of quantum information.

Irving Langmuir Award in Chemical Physics

Jacob Klein (2021 Recipient)
Weizmann Institute of Science
For pioneering experiments on diffusion and interfacial structure of polymers.

Irwin Oppenheim Award

Jeremy L. England (2021 Recipient)
Georgia Institute of Technology
For developing a theory of the emergence of self-replication in simple chemical models, and the definition of general design principles for constructing self-replicating objects, which is published in the article entitled ‘Design of conditions for self-replication’ in Physical Review E 100, 022414 (2019).

Sumantra Sarkar (2021 Recipient)
Los Alamos National Laboratory
For developing a theory of the emergence of self-replication in simple chemical models, and the definition of general design principles for constructing self-replicating objects, which is published in the article entitled ‘Design of conditions for self-replication’ in Physical Review E 100, 022414 (2019).

J. J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics

Vernon Barger (2021 Recipient)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
For pioneering work in collider physics contributing to the discovery and characterization of the W boson, top quark, and Higgs boson, and for the development of incisive strategies to test theoretical ideas with experiments.

J. J. and Noriko Sakurai Dissertation Award in Theoretical Particle Physics

Samuel D. Homiller (2021 Recipient)
Harvard University
For the discovery of novel methods to elucidate the property of the Higgs, and qualitatively new possibilities for Higgs physics overlooked for many years.

James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials

Ivan Božović (2021 Recipient)
Brookhaven National Laboratory
For pioneering the atomic-layer-by-layer synthesis of new metastable complex-oxide materials, and the discovery of resulting novel phenomena.

James N. Eckstein (2021 Recipient)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
For pioneering the atomic-layer-by-layer synthesis of new metastable complex-oxide materials, and the discovery of resulting novel phenomena.

Darrell G. Schlom (2021 Recipient)
Cornell University
For pioneering the atomic-layer-by-layer synthesis of new metastable complex-oxide materials, and the discovery of resulting novel phenomena.

James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics

Margaret Galland Kivelson (2021 Recipient)
UCLA: Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences
For groundbreaking discoveries in space plasma physics and for seminal theoretical contributions to understanding space plasma processes and magnetohydrodynamics.

John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research

Michael Bonitz (2021 Recipient)
Institute for Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics, Kiel University
For developing Monte Carlo methods that overcome the fermion sign problem, leading to the first ab initio data for an electron gas under warm dense matter conditions.

Tobias Dornheim (2021 Recipient)
Center for Advanced Systems Understanding (CASUS)
For developing Monte Carlo methods that overcome the fermion sign problem, leading to the first ab initio data for an electron gas under warm dense matter conditions.

William Matthew Colwyn Foulkes (2021 Recipient)
Imperial College London
For developing Monte Carlo methods that overcome the fermion sign problem, leading to the first ab initio data for an electron gas under warm dense matter conditions.

Simon Groth (2021 Recipient)
Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel
For developing Monte Carlo methods that overcome the fermion sign problem, leading to the first ab initio data for an electron gas under warm dense matter conditions.

Fionn D Malone (2021 Recipient)
QC Ware
For developing Monte Carlo methods that overcome the fermion sign problem, leading to the first ab initio data for an electron gas under warm dense matter conditions.

Tim Schoof (2021 Recipient)
DESY
For developing Monte Carlo methods that overcome the fermion sign problem, leading to the first ab initio data for an electron gas under warm dense matter conditions.

Travis Sjostrom (2021 Recipient)
Los Alamos National Laboratory
For developing Monte Carlo methods that overcome the fermion sign problem, leading to the first ab initio data for an electron gas under warm dense matter conditions.

John H. Dillon Medal

Bryan W. Boudouris (2021 Recipient)
Purdue University
For fundamental insights connecting polymer structure with charge transport in free radical conducting polymers, organic electronics, and functional block copolymers.

John Wheatley Award

Fernando Quevedo (2021 Recipient)
University of Cambridge
For sustained commitment and achievement in the advancement of physics and science in developing countries.

Nathan Berkovits (2021 Recipient)
ICTP-SAIFR/IFT-UNESP
For exceptional leadership in fundamental physics research in South America.

Jonathan F. Reichert and Barbara Wolff-Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction

Linda S. Barton (2021 Recipient)
Rochester Institute of Technology, School of Physics and Astronomy
For dedicated and sustained development of the college junior year physics laboratory course sequence, for notable contributions to pedagogical approaches and materials in support of advanced labs in the physics curriculum, and for instilling a passion for experimental physics in students.

Joseph A. Burton Forum Award

Robert Semper (2021 Recipient)
Exploratorium
For extraordinary accomplishments exposing educators, policymakers, and the general public to the wonder and joy of scientific exploration, especially in physics, through the development of Exploratorium exhibits and educational resources, and assisting in the creation of Exploratorium spinoffs in many communities.

Joseph F. Keithley Award For Advances in Measurement Science

Irfan Siddiqi (2021 Recipient)
University of California, Berkeley
For fundamental advances in superconducting parametric amplifiers, including the development of the Josephson traveling wave parametric amplifier, and for their application to quantum measurement and control.

Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize

William M. Jackson (2021 Recipient)
University of California, Davis
For outstanding contributions to fundamental chemical physics and spectroscopy associated with asteroids and comets, and for exemplary teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as lifelong service and inspiration to a diverse community.

Justin Jankunas Doctoral Dissertation Award in Chemical Physics

Minjung Son (2021 Recipient)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For the development of ultrabroadband multidimensional spectroscopy and its application to elucidate the carotenoid-mediated energy transfer pathways in photosynthetic light harvesting in plants.

Lars Onsager Prize

Lev P. Pitaevskii (2021 Recipient)
INO-CNR BEC Center, University of Trento
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.

LeRoy Apker Award

EliseAnne C Koskelo (2020 Recipient)
Pomona College
For the development and experimental validation of an analytic model that exploits noise in CCD-based thermoreflectance imaging systems to maximize the thermal resolution of the technique via the stochastic resonance effect.

Nicholas Poniatowski (2020 Recipient)
University of Maryland, College Park
For advancing our understanding of the transport properties of electron-doped high-temperature copper oxide superconductors through their synthesis, theoretical modeling and experimentation.

Leo P. Kadanoff Prize

Sidney Redner (2021 Recipient)
Santa Fe Institute
For leadership in transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries by applying and advancing deep concepts and methods of statistical physics to gain novel insights into diverse real-world phenomena.

Leo Szilard Lectureship Award

Steve Fetter (2021 Recipient)
University of Maryland, College Park
For seminal contributions to two US administrations' efforts to minimize the threat of nuclear war, for helping to establish nuclear archeology as a viable and effective method for supporting arms control and countering proliferation, and for contributing expert analysis leading to the UN General Assembly's adoption of the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty.

Lev D. Landau and Lyman Spitzer Jr. Award for Outstanding Contributions to Plasma Physics

Alexis Casner (2020 Recipient)
University of Bordeaux-CNRS-CEA
For major advancements of the shock ignition concept through collaborative experimental and simulation efforts in inertial confinement fusion research.

Riccardo Betti (2020 Recipient)
University of Rochester
For major advancements of the shock ignition concept through collaborative experimental and simulation efforts in inertial confinement fusion research.

Wolfgang Theobald (2020 Recipient)
University of Rochester
For major advancements of the shock ignition concept through collaborative experimental and simulation efforts in inertial confinement fusion research.

Xavier Ribeyre (2020 Recipient)
University of Bordeaux-CNRS-CEA
For major advancements of the shock ignition concept through collaborative experimental and simulation efforts in inertial confinement fusion research.

Maria Goeppert Mayer Award

Phiala E Shanahan (2021 Recipient)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For key insights into the structure and interactions of hadrons and nuclei using numerical and analytical methods and pioneering the use of machine learning techniques in lattice quantum field theory calculations in particle and nuclear physics.

Marshall N. Rosenbluth Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award

Elizabeth Paul (2021 Recipient)
Princeton University
For pioneering the development of adjoint methods and application of shape calculus for fusion plasmas, enabling a new derivative-based method of stellarator design.

Max Delbrück Prize in Biological Physics

Andrea Cavagna (2021 Recipient)
Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
For the incisive combination of observation, analysis, and theory to elucidate the beautiful statistical physics problems underlying collective behavior in natural flocks and swarms.

Irene Giardina (2021 Recipient)
Sapienza Università di Roma
For the incisive combination of observation, analysis, and theory to elucidate the beautiful statistical physics problems underlying collective behavior in natural flocks and swarms.

Mitsuyoshi Tanaka Dissertation Award in Experimental Particle Physics

Cristina Mantilla Suarez (2021 Recipient)
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
For thesis topic, “Probing New Physics Using Initial State Radiation Jets at the Large Hadron Collider.”

Nicholas Metropolis Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Work in Computational Physics

Zhenglu Li (2021 Recipient)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
For the development and highly-scalable implementation of novel first-principles GW perturbation theory methods to compute electron-phonon coupling with many-electron correlation effects included, and its applications to phonon-induced phenomena in oxide superconductors.

Norman F. Ramsey Prize in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, and in Precision Tests of Fundamental Laws and Symmetries

Dmitry Budker (2021 Recipient)
Helmholtz Institute, JGU Mainz; University of California, Berkeley
For seminal work studying complex atoms, testing fundamental symmetries of nature, measuring electromagnetic fields, searching for exotic interactions, probing the nature of dark matter, and measuring nuclear magnetic resonance in ultralow fields.

Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Physics Prize

Moty Heiblum (2021 Recipient)
Department of Condensed Matter Physics, Braun Center for Sub Micron Research, Weizmann Institute of Science
For discoveries, enabled by ingenious experimental methods, of novel quantum electronic phenomena in mesoscopic and quantum Hall systems, including observation and interpretation of one-electron and two-electron interference, charge fractionalization, and quantized heat conductance in fractional Hall states.

Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Beam Physics Award

Lieselotte Obst-Huebl (2021 Recipient)
Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
For outstanding experimental work in laser-driven proton acceleration establishing unprecedented performance with high-repetition rate cryogenic hydrogen jet targets, opening the path to real-world applications, and for the discovery of an all-optical method to shape proton beam profiles.

Polymer Physics Prize

Samson A. Jenekhe (2021 Recipient)
University of Washington
For pioneering and sustained outstanding contributions to the synthesis, photophysics, and structure-morphology-performance relationships in semiconducting polymers for electronic and photovoltaic applications.

Prize for a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution

Gordon Jones (2021 Recipient)
Hamilton College
For outstanding contributions to fundamental neutron physics, development of neutron polarizers using optically polarized helium-3, and extraordinary engagement and education of undergraduate students.

Richard A. Isaacson Award in Gravitational-Wave Science

Beverly K. Berger (2021 Recipient)
For supporting and expanding the community of scientists engaged in gravitational-wave research, and for fostering an international network of researchers devoted to theory and experimentation.

Richard L. Greene Dissertation Award in Experimental Condensed Matter or Materials Physics

Ilya Belopolski (2021 Recipient)
Princeton University
For the discovery of the first 3D topological magnet and of several novel Weyl semi metals from ARPES experiments.

Mallika Randeria (2021 Recipient)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For the discovery of and measurements on a quantum Hall nematic state on the surface of Bismuth from low temperature STM experiments.

Robert R. Wilson Prize for Achievement in the Physics of Particle Accelerators

Yuri Fyodorovich Orlov (2021 Recipient)
Cornell University
For pioneering innovation in accelerator theory and practice, including the independent development of the synchrotron radiation partition sum rule; seminal contributions to the muon g-2 experiment; deep understanding of beam and spin dynamics; consistently unique and fruitful ideas, ranging from the practical to the visionary; and embodying the spirit of scientific freedom.

Rolf Landauer and Charles H. Bennett Award in Quantum Computing

Chao-Yang Lu (2021 Recipient)
University of Science and Technology of China
For significant contributions to optical quantum information sciences, especially on solid-state quantum light sources, quantum teleportation and optical quantum computing.

Stanford R. Ovshinsky Sustainable Energy Fellowship

Not Awarded (2020 Recipient)

Stanley Corrsin Award

Tim Colonius (2021 Recipient)
California Institute of Technology
For development, exposition, and combined application of computational and modal decomposition tools to understand coherent structures in turbulent flows and for continuing leadership in aeroacoustics and turbulence.

Stuart Jay Freedman Award in Experimental Nuclear Physics

Danielle H. Speller (2021 Recipient)
Johns Hopkins University
For excellence in experimental research into the fundamental nature of matter and mass based on low-energy cryogenic detection techniques, in particular neutrinoless double beta decay and dark matter searches.

Thomas H. Stix Award for Outstanding Early Career Contributions to Plasma Physics Research

Carlos Paz-Soldan (2021 Recipient)
Columbia University
For groundbreaking contributions and scientific leadership in the understanding of non-axisymmetric magnetic fields and relativistic electrons in tokamak plasmas.

Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics

Geoffrey L Greene (2021 Recipient)
University of Tennessee
For foundational work establishing the field of fundamental neutron physics in the US, for developing experimental techniques for in-beam measurements of the neutron lifetime and other experiments, and for realizing a facility for the next generation of fundamental neutron physics measurements.

W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics

Edward Kearns (2021 Recipient)
Boston University
For pioneering and leadership contributions to large underground experiments for the discovery of neutrino oscillations and sensitive searches for baryon number violation.

Henry W Sobel (2021 Recipient)
University of California, Irvine
For pioneering and leadership contributions to large underground experiments for the discovery of neutrino oscillations and sensitive searches for baryon number violation.

Will Allis Prize for the Study of Ionized Gases

Michael Allan (2020 Recipient)
University of Fribourg
For outstanding contributions to the field of electron-atom and electron-molecule collisions, particularly studies of resonance and threshold effects in inelastic electron scattering and dissociative electron attachment processes.