# Scientific Awards won by our
Participants

This list is not complete and does not
include the many awards our participants
have received over the years. If you know
of any awardees who should be listed,
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### 2021

__Gordon Baym, University of Illinois
Urbana Champaign__ **APS Medal****
for Exceptional Achievement in Research
**[Recognizes contributions of the
highest level that advance our knowledge
and understanding of the physical universe
and in all its facets. It is intended to
celebrate scientific inquiry and the
pursuit of knowledge.] Chosen 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.

### 2020

__Andrea Ghez, UCLA____; Roger Penrose,
University of Oxford__ **Nobel Prize
in Physics **Chosen for the discovery
of a supermassive compact object at the
centre of our galaxy.

Pierre Ramond, University of Florida;
Migual Virasoro, Universidad Nacional de
General Sarmiento **Dirac
Medal of the ICTP **[Recognizes
scientists who have made significant
contributions to theoretical physics.]
Chosen for their pioneering contributions to
the inception and formulation of string
theory which introduced new Bosonic and
Fermionic symmetries into physics.

### 2019

__Elihu Abrahams, UCLA; Alexei Efros,
University of Utah; and Boris Shklovskii__,

__University of Minnesota__ **Oliver
E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize **[Recognizes
outstanding theoretical or experimental
contributions to condensed matter physics.]
Chosen for pioneering research in the
physics of disordered materials and hopping
conductivity.

__Daniel Freedman, Stanford University__**
****Special Breakthrough Prize**** **[Recognizes
individuals who have made profound
contributions to human knowledge.] Chosen
for the invention of supergravity, in which
quantum variables are part of the
description of the geometry of spacetime.

__Hirosi Ooguri, Caltech and Kavli IPMU__** ****
Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon **[Conferred
by the Emperor of Japan to honor individuals
with distinguished contributions to the arts
and sciences.] Chosen for achievements in
research in elementary particle physics.

__Matthias Troyer, Microsoft__ **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.] Chosen for his
outstanding contributions to the development
of the quantum Monte Carlo algorithms.

__Karen Uhlenbeck, University of Texas__
**Abel Prize **[Annual prize recognizes
pioneering scientific achievements in
mathematics.] Chosen for her pioneering
achievements in geometric partial
differential equations, gauge theory and
integrable systems, and for the fundamental
impact of her work on analysis, geometry and
mathematical physics.

### 2018

__Paul M. Chaikin, New York University__
**Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize
**[Recognizes outstanding theoretical or
experimental contributions to condensed
matter physics.] Chosen for pioneering
contributions that opened new directions in
the field of soft condensed matter through
innovative studies of colloids, polymers,
and packing.

Clifford Johnson, University of Southern
California **Klopsteg Memorial
Lecture Award** [Recognizes educators
who have made notable and creative
contributions to the teaching of physics.]
Chosen for his exemplary commitment to both
frontier research and to publicizing the
excitement of physics on television and in
movies and books continues to contribute to
the public knowledge and understanding of
physics.

__Ann Nelson, University of Washington__
**J.J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical
Particle Physics** [Recognizes
outstanding achievement in particle theory]
Chosen for her groundbreaking explorations
of physics beyond the standard model of
particle physics, including their seminal
joint work on dynamical super-symmetry
breaking, and for their innovative
contributions to a broad range of topics,
including new models of electroweak symmetry
breaking, baryogenesis, and solutions to the
strong charge parity problem.

__Hirosi Ooguri, Caltech and Kavli IPMU__** ****
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.

__Subir Sachdev, Harvard University; Dam
Thanh Son, University of Chicago;
Xiao-Gang Wen, MIT__ **Dirac
Medal of the ICTP** [Awarded
annually since 1985 for outstanding
contributions to theoretical physics.]
Chosen for their independent contributions
towards understanding novel phases in
strongly interacting many-body systems,
introducing original transdisciplinary
techniques.

### 2017

__Sally Dawson, Brookhaven National
Laboratory; John F. Gunion, University
of California Davis; Howard Haber,
University of California Santa Cruz;
Gordon Kane, University of Michigan__
**J.J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical
Particle Physics** [Recognizes
outstanding achievement in particle
theory] Chosen for instrumental
contributions to the theory of the
properties, reactions, and signatures of
the Higgs boson

__Alexei Kitaev, Caltech and Xiao-Gang
Wen, MIT__ **Oliver E. Buckley
Condensed Matter Prize **[Recognizes
outstanding theoretical or experimental
contributions to condensed matter
physics.] Chosen for theories of
topological order and its consequences in
a broad range of physical systems.

__Andy Millis, Columbia University__** ****
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.] Chosen for his
groundbreaking research on the electronic
properties of correlated materials.

### 2016

__David Hitlin, Caltech__ **W.K.H.
Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle
Physics** [APS prize since 1985 to
recognize outstanding achievements in
experimental particle physics.] Chosen for
leadership in the BABAR and Belle
experiments, which established the violation
of CP symmetry in B meson decay, and
furthered our understanding of quark mixing
and quantum chromodynamics.

__Randy Hulet, Rice University__ **Davisson–Germer
Prize** [APS prize to recognize
outstanding work in atomic physics or
surface physics.] Chosen for pioneering
investigations of quantum degenerate gasses
and how they are affected by atomic
interaction.

__Clifford Johnson, University of Southern
California__ **Simons Fellow in
Theoretical Physics** [The Fellows
Programs provide funds to faculty for up to
a semester long research leave from
classroom teaching and administrative
obligations. Such leaves can increase
creativity and provide intellectual
stimulation.

__Vassiliki Kalogera, Northwestern
University__ **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.

__David Pines, UC Davis__ **Julius
Edgar Lilienfeld Prize** [APS award that
recognizes a most outstanding contribution
to physics.] Chosen for his contributions to
our understanding of emergent behavior in
quantum matter–plasmons, nuclear, celestial
and unconventional superfluidity, heavy
electron emergence, and for his
effectiveness in communicating these
discoveries and a new “emergent” paradigm to
the broader scientific community.

__Matthias Troyer, Microsoft__ **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.

### 2015

__Alexei Kitaev, Caltech; Greg Moore,
Rutgers; Nicholas Read, Yale__ **Dirac
Medal of the ICTP** [Awarded annually
since 1985 for outstanding contributions
to theoretical physics.] Chosen for their
interdisciplinary contributions which
introduced concepts of conformal field
theory and non-abelian quasiparticle
statistics in condensed matter systems and
applications of these ideas to quantum
computation.

__Takaaki Kajita, University of Tokyo__
**Nobel Prize in Physics**. Chosen for
the discovery of neutrino oscillations,
which shows that neutrinos have mass.

__Marc Kamionkowski, Johns Hopkins__
**Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics**
[APS and AAS award that recognizes
accomplishments in theoretical
astrophysics.] Chosen (with David Spergel)
for outstanding contributions to the
investigation of the fluctuations of the
cosmic microwave background, which have led
to major breakthroughs in our understanding
of the universe.

__Pierre Ramond, University of Florida__
**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.

__David Spergel, Princeton__ **Dannie
Heineman Prize for Astrophysics** [APS
and AAS award that recognizes
accomplishments in theoretical
astrophysics.] Chosen (with Marc
Kamionkowski) for outstanding contributions
to the investigation of the fluctuations of
the cosmic microwave background, which have
led to major breakthroughs in our
understanding of the universe.

__Ian Spielman, National Institute of
Standards and Technology__ **Rabi
Prize in Atomic, Molecular & Optical
Physics** [Recognizes outstanding
research in atomic, molecular and optical
physics by investigators who have held a PhD
for 10 years or less.] Chosen for the
development of quantum simulations using
ultra–cold atoms, creation of synthetic
electromagnetic fields, demonstration of
synthetic spinorbit coupling, and
applications to studying new physical
systems.

### 2014

__Michael Green, Cambridge University__
**Physics Frontiers Prize** [Awarded
annually by the Fundamental Physics Prize
Foundation, established in 2012 to recognize
groundbreaking work in the field.] Chosen
for work developing superstring theory in
collaboration with John Schwarz between 1979
and 1986.

__Greg Moore, Rutgers__ **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.

### 2013

__John Schwarz, Caltech__ **
Physics Frontiers Prize** [Awarded
annually by the Fundamental Physics Prize
Foundation, established in 2012 to recognize
groundbreaking work in the field.] Chosen
for work developing superstring theory in
collaboration with Michael Green between
1979 and 1986.

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