Participant Donations to the Center
The Aspen Center for Physics is an independent non-profit institution. Its continued existence and vitality of its programs are ensured by the generous financial contributions made by current and past participants, who appreciate at first hand the value of its programs. In addition to one-time or annual donations to the Reserve Fund or for specific purposes, the Center specifically recognizes donations by award winners through the Bethe Circle, and encourages legacy giving. More information about recent donations and about how to donate is given below.
Hans Bethe, who was a long-time Aspen Center for Physics participant, donated part of the prize money from his 1967 Nobel Prize in Physics to the Center for a building, now named Bethe Hall. Following in Bethe's footsteps, a number of participants whose outstanding work has been recognized by professional awards and prizes have chosen to donate part or all of the prize money to support the Center. If you have received a professional award or prize and would like to become a member of the Bethe Circle, contact the Administrative Vice President by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (970) 925-2585.
Members of the Bethe CircleVassiliki Kalogera, Northwestern University 2016 Hans A. Bethe Prize [Recognizes outstanding work in theory, experiment or observation in the areas of astrophysics, nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics, or closely related fields.] Chosen for key contributions to the study of the electromagnetic and gravitational wave radiation from binary compact objects, including the now–verified prediction that neutron star mergers produce short gamma–ray bursts that will be found in all galaxy types.
Greg Moore, Rutgers 2014 Dannie
Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics
[Annual APS prize since 1959 recognizing
outstanding publications in the field of
mathematical physics.] Chosen for eminent
contributions to mathematical physics with
a wide influence in many fields, ranging
from string theory to supersymmetric gauge
theory, conformal field theory, condensed
matter physics, and four–manifold theory.
Hirosi Ooguri, Caltech and Kavli IPMU 2018 Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics [Annual prize presented by the University of Hamburg and the Joachim Herz Foundation for outstanding research achievements in theoretical physics. This is the first year the prize covers all areas of theoretical physics.] Chosen for his outstanding contributions to the topological string theory.
Pierre Ramond, University of Florida
2015 Dannie Heineman Prize for
Mathematical Physics [Annual APS
prize since 1959 recognizing outstanding
publications in the field of mathematical
physics.] Chosen for pioneering
foundational discoveries in supersymmetry
and superstring theory, in particular the
dual model of fermions and the theory of
the Kalb-Ramond field.
Matthias Troyer, Microsoft 2016 Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics [Annual APS prize recognizing outstanding achievement in computational physics research.] Chosen for pioneering numerical work in many seemingly intractable areas of quantum many body physics and for providing efficient sophisticated computer codes to the community.