Herman Feshbach Prize in Theoretical Nuclear Physics

To recognize and encourage outstanding research in theoretical nuclear physics. The prize should consist of $10,000 and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient. It is presented annually.

Establishment & Support

This prize is supported by contributions from the Division of Nuclear Physics and friends and family of Herman Feshbach to honor him for his numerous contributions to Theoretical Physics. Major sponsors include Andrea Feshbach, Brookhaven Science Associates, Elsevier, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Southeastern Universities Research Association, and the Lourie Foundation.

Rules & Eligibility

Nominations would be open to physicists whose work in nuclear physics is primarily theoretical. There are no time limitations on the work described in the citation. The prize shall be awarded to one person, or may be shared by up to and including three persons when all the recipients have contributed to the same accomplishment. Nominations would be active for three award cycles.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Monday, June 15, 2020

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.

To start a new or update a continuing nomination, please see the Prize & Award Nomination Guidelines.

2021 Selection Committee Members: G. McLaughlin (Chair), J. Cizewski (Vice-Chair), U. van Kolck (’20 Recipient), J. Seger, J. Beacom

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.

Nominees and award and office holders 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.

2020 Recipient

Ubirajara van Kolck
University of Arizona

Ubirajara van Kolck



Past Recipients

2019: Barry R. Holstein
2018: Edward Shuryak
2017: Joseph Carlson
2016: Xiangdong Ji
2015: Larry McLerran
2014: John W. Negele