List of physics awards

This list of physics awards is an index to articles about notable awards for physics. The list includes lists of awards by the American Physical Society of the United States, and of the Institute of Physics of the United Kingdom, followed by a list organized by region and country of the organization that gives the award. Awards are not necessarily restricted to people from the country of the award giver.

American Physical SocietyEdit

The American Physical Society of the United States sponsors a number of awards for outstanding contributions to physics.

Award Notes
Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics "Scholarly achievements in the history of physics" (Awarded with the American Institute of Physics)[1]
Andrei Sakharov Prize "Leadership and/or achievements of scientists in upholding human rights"
Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics "Achievement in computational physics research"
Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science "Contributions to basic research which uses lasers to advance our knowledge of the fundamental physical properties of materials and their interaction with light"
Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics Mathematical physics (Awarded with the American Institute of Physics)[2]
David Adler Lectureship Award in the Field of Materials Physics "Contributor to the field of materials physics, who is noted for the quality of his/her research, review articles and lecturing"
Davisson–Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics "Work in atomic physics or surface physics"
Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy "Contributions to the field of molecular spectroscopy and dynamics"
Einstein Prize "Accomplishments in the field of gravitational physics"
Fluid Dynamics Prize "Achievement in fluid dynamics research"
Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids "Optical research that leads to breakthroughs in the condensed matter sciences"
George E. Pake Prize "Work by physicists combining original research accomplishments with leadership in the management of research or development in industry"
Hans Bethe Prize "Work in theory, experiment or observation in the areas of astrophysics, nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics, or closely related fields"
Herbert P. Broida Prize "Experimental advances in the field of atomic and molecular spectroscopy or chemical physics"
Herman Feshbach Prize in Theoretical Nuclear Physics "Achievements in theoretical nuclear physics"
I. I. Rabi Prize "Work by mid-career researchers in the field of atomic, molecular, and optical physics"
Irving Langmuir Award "Interdisciplinary research in chemistry and physics, in the spirit of Irving Langmuir" (Awarded with the American Chemical Society)
James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials "Achievement in the science and application of new materials"
James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics "Contributions to the field of the Plasma Physics"
John H. Dillon Medal "Outstanding accomplishment and unusual promise in research in polymer physics"
Joseph F. Keithley Award For Advances in Measurement Science "Contributions in measurement techniques and equipment"
Lars Onsager Prize Theoretical statistical physics
LeRoy Apker Award Achievements in physics by undergraduate students
Leo Szilard Lectureship Award "Accomplishments by physicists in promoting the use of physics for the benefit of society
Lilienfeld Prize Contributions to physics"
Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award Contribution to physics research by a woman
Max Delbruck Prize Achievement in biological physics research
Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize "Theoretical or experimental contributions to condensed matter physics"
Otto Laporte Award Contributions to fluid dynamics (No longer awarded)
Panofsky Prize "Achievements in experimental particle physics"
Sakurai Prize Achievement in particle physics theory
Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics "Experimental research in nuclear physics, including the development of a method, technique, or device that significantly contributes in a general way to nuclear physics research"

Institute of PhysicsEdit

Award Notes
Clifford Paterson Medal and Prize Exceptional early career contributions to the application of physics
Duddell Medal and Prize Application of physics in an industrial, commercial or business context. Renamed Gabor Medal and Prize in 2008[3]
Edward Appleton Medal and Prize Environmental, earth or atmospheric physics[4]
Fernand Holweck Medal and Prize Distinguished work in experimental physics or in theoretical physics which is closely related to experimentation (Awarded with Société Française de Physique)
Fred Hoyle Medal and Prize Distinguished contributions to astrophysics, gravitational physics or cosmology[5]
Gabor Medal and Prize Distinguished contributions to the application of physics in an industrial, commercial or business context[6]
Harrie Massey Medal and Prize Contributions to physics or its applications (Awarded with Australian Institute of Physics)[7]
Institute of Physics Isaac Newton Medal Contributions to physics
Institute of Physics Joseph Thomson Medal and Prize Distinguished research in atomic physics (including quantum optics) or molecular physics
Institute of Physics Michael Faraday Medal and Prize Sustained contributions to experimental physics
James Chadwick Medal and Prize Distinguished contributions to particle physics
James Clerk Maxwell Medal and Prize Outstanding early-career contributions to theoretical physics
James Joule Medal and Prize Distinguished contributions to applied physics
Katharine Burr Blodgett Medal and Prize Organisation or application of physics in an industrial or commercial context
Kelvin Prize Promoting public awareness of the place of physics in the world, of its contributions to the quality of life and its advancement of an understanding of the physical world and the place of humanity within it
Nevill Mott Medal and Prize Distinguished contributions to condensed matter physics
Occhialini Prize Physicists who work in Italy (even dated years) or the UK or Ireland (odd dated years) (With the Italian Physical Society)
Paul Dirac Medal and Prize Sustained contributions to theoretical (including mathematical and computational) physics
Phillips Award Distinguished service to the Institute of Physics
President's Medal of the IOP Meritorious services in various fields of endeavour which were of benefit to physics in general and the Institute in particular
Rayleigh Medal Distinguished research in theoretical, mathematical or computational physics
Richard Glazebrook Medal and Prize Sustained contributions to leadership in a physics context
Rutherford Medal and Prize Research in nuclear physics or nuclear technology
Simon Memorial Prize Distinguished work in experimental or theoretical low temperature physics
Thomas Young Medal and Prize Distinguished research in the field of optics, including physics outside the visible region

InternationalEdit

Country Award Sponsor Notes
International Albert Einstein World Award of Science World Cultural Council Recognition and encouragement for scientific and technological research and development
International Batchelor Prize International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Outstanding research in fluid dynamics
International Boltzmann Medal International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Physicists who obtain new results concerning statistical mechanics
International Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation Transformative advances in fundamental physics
International Dirac Medal (ICTP) International Centre for Theoretical Physics Theoretical physics or mathematics
International Dirac Medal (WATOC) World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists Outstanding computational chemist in the world under the age of 40
International Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging Outstanding contributions in the fields of atoms, molecules and quantum optics, and condensed matter
International Henri Poincaré Prize International Association of Mathematical Physics Outstanding contributions in mathematical physics, and contributions which lay the groundwork for novel developments in this broad field
International Fritz London Memorial Prize International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Contributions to the advances of the field of Low Temperature Physics
International Luigi G. Napolitano Award International Astronautical Congress Young scientist, below 30 years of age, who has contributed significantly to the advancement of the aerospace science
International UNESCO Niels Bohr Medal UNESCO Contributions to physics through research that has or could have a significant influence on the world
International Wigner Medal International Colloquium on Group Theoretical Methods in Physics, Group Theory and Fundamental Physics Foundation Contributions to the understanding of physics through group theory

AmericasEdit

Country Award Sponsor Notes
Canada CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics Canadian Association of Physicists, Centre de Recherches Mathématiques Research excellence in the fields of theoretical and mathematical physics
Canada J. Tuzo Wilson Medal Canadian Geophysical Union Outstanding contribution to the field of geophysics in Canada
Canada John Stewart Bell Prize University of Toronto Significant contributions relating to the foundations of quantum mechanics and to the applications of these principles
Canada Rutherford Memorial Medal Royal Society of Canada Research in the fields of physics and chemistry
Chile National Prize for Exact Sciences National Prize of Chile Scientist whose work in the respective field of knowledge makes him worthy of said distinction
United States ASA Gold Medal Acoustical Society of America Outstanding contributions to acoustics
United States ASA Silver Medal Acoustical Society of America Contributions to the advancement of science, engineering, or human welfare through the application of acoustic principles or through research accomplishments in acoustics
United States Adolph Lomb Medal The Optical Society Young scientists (age 35 or younger) for their contributions to optics
United States Albert Einstein Award Institute for Advanced Study High achievement in theoretical physics (no longer awarded)
United States Alexander Hollaender Award in Biophysics National Academy of Sciences Outstanding contributions in biophysics
United States Andrew Gemant Award American Institute of Physics Substantial cultural, artistic, or humanistic contributions to physics
United States Arctowski Medal National Academy of Sciences Studies in solar physics and solar-terrestrial relationships
United States Barnard Medal for Meritorious Service to Science National Academy of Sciences Meritorious service to science
United States Bingham Medal Society of Rheology Outstanding contributions to the field of rheology
United States Charles Hard Townes Award The Optical Society Quantum optics, the physics of lasers
United States Comstock Prize in Physics National Academy of Sciences Discovery or investigation in electricity, magnetism, or radiant energy, broadly interpreted
United States Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics American Astronomical Society and the American Institute of Physics Work in astrophysics
United States David Richardson Medal The Optical Society Contributions to optical engineering, primarily in the commercial and industrial sector
United States Edward Teller Award American Nuclear Society Pioneering research and leadership in the use of laser and ion-particle beams to produce unique high-temperature and high-density matter for scientific research and for controlled thermonuclear fusion
United States Edwin H. Land Medal The Optical Society Pioneering work empowered by scientific research to create inventions, technologies, and products in optics and imaging
United States Einstein Prize for Laser Science Society for Optical and Quantum Electronics Significant contributions in quantum optics (no longer awarded)
United States Elliott Cresson Medal Franklin Institute Some discovery in the Arts and Sciences, or for the invention or improvement of some useful machine, or for some new process or combination of materials in manufactures, or for ingenuity skill or perfection in workmanship. Now the Benjamin Franklin Medal
United States Ellis R. Lippincott Award The Optical Society Significant contributions to vibrational spectroscopy as judged by his or her influence on other scientists
United States Esther Hoffman Beller Medal The Optical Society Contributions by individuals around the world to the fields of optical science and engineering education
United States Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology Foresight Institute Significant advances in nanotechnology
United States Frederic Ives Medal The Optical Society Distinction in optics
United States Günther Laukien Prize Bruker Recent cutting-edge experimental NMR research with a high probability of enabling beneficial new applications
United States Harold Brown Award United States Air Force Scientific research to solve a problem critical to the needs of the Air Force
United States Henry Draper Medalastrophysics National Academy of Sciences Investigations in astronomical physics
United States I. I. Rabi Award Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Outstanding contributions related to the fields of atomic and molecular frequency standards, and time transfer and dissemination
United States IEEE Heinrich Hertz Medal Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers No longer awarded
United States J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Prize Center for Theoretical Studies, University of Miami Outstanding contributions to the theoretical natural sciences
United States John Price Wetherill Medal Franklin Institute Discovery or invention in the physical sciences, or new and important combinations of principles or methods already known
United States John Tyndall Award The Optical Society Pioneering, highly significant, or continuing technical or leadership contributions to fiber optics technology
United States Klopsteg Memorial Award American Association of Physics Teachers Notable physicist
United States Max Born Award The Optical Society Outstanding contributions to physical optics
United States Medard W. Welch Award American Vacuum Society research in the fields pertinent to American Vacuum Society
United States Oersted Medal American Association of Physics Teachers Notable contributions to the teaching of physics.
United States Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award The Optical Society Technical achievements in optical engineering and contributions to society such as engineering education
United States Peter Mark Memorial award American Vacuum Society Outstanding theoretical or experimental work by a young scientist or engineer
United States Quantum Electronics Award IEEE Photonics Society Outstanding contributions to quantum electronics, in either or both of the fields of fundamental research or application
United States R. W. Wood Prize The Optical Society Technical contribution or an invention in the field of optics
United States Richtmyer Memorial Award American Association of Physics Teachers Physics education
United States Robert A. Millikan award American Association of Physics Teachers Notable contributions to the teaching of physics
United States Rumford Prize American Academy of Arts and Sciences Contributions by scientists to the fields of heat and light
United States Russell Varian Prize Agilent Technologies Single, high-impact and innovative contribution in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance
United States Sloan Research Fellowship Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Early-career scientists and scholars
United States Wallace Clement Sabine Medal Acoustical Society of America Individual of any nationality who has advanced the science of architectural acoustics
United States William F. Meggers Award in Spectroscopy The Optical Society Contributions to spectroscopy

AsiaEdit

Country Award Sponsor Notes
Hong Kong Shaw Prize Shaw Prize Foundation Outstanding contributions in astronomy, life science and medicine, and mathematical sciences
India Aryabhata Award Astronautical Society of India Individuals with notable lifetime contributions in the field of astronautics and aerospace technology in India
India Infosys Prize Infosys Science Foundation Scientists, researchers, engineers and social scientists of Indian Origin
India Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology Council of Scientific and Industrial Research For notable and outstanding research, applied or fundamental, in biology, chemistry, environmental science, engineering, mathematics, medicine and Physics.
India Kotcherlakota Rangadhama Rao Memorial Lecture Award Indian National Science Academy Outstanding contributions in the subject of Spectroscopy in Physics
India Om Prakash Bhasin Award Shri Om Prakash Bhasin Foundation Excellence in the areas of science and technology
India VASVIK Industrial Research Award VASVIK Excellence in industrial research in the areas of science and technology
Israel Sackler Prize Tel Aviv University Prize in the disciplines of either physics or chemistry
Israel Wolf Prize in Physics Wolf Foundation Physics
Japan Heinrich Rohrer Medal Surface Science Society of Japan Achievements in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology based on surface science
Japan Nishina Memorial Prize Nishina Memorial Foundation Substantial contributions in the field of physics
Pakistan Abdus Salam Award International Centre for Theoretical Physics Pakistan chapter Chemistry, mathematics, physics, biology scientists who are resident in Pakistan, below 35 years of age

EuropeEdit

Country Award Sponsor Notes
Europe Becquerel Prize European Commission Scientific, technical or managerial merits in the field of photovoltaic solar energy
Europe EPS Europhysics Prize European Physical Society Scientific excellence in the area of condensed matter physics
Europe EPS Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Prize European Physical Society Research contributions in the area of statistical physics, nonlinear physics, complex systems, and complex networks
Europe Edison Volta Prize European Physical Society Achievements in physics
Europe Gribov Medal European Physical Society Work in theoretical elementary particle physics or quantum field theory
Europe Hannes Alfvén Prize European Physical Society Achievements which have shaped the plasma physics field or are expected to do so in future
Europe High Energy and Particle Physics Prize European Physical Society Outstanding contribution to high energy and particle physics
Europe Lise Meitner Prize European Physical Society Outstanding work in the fields of experimental, theoretical or applied nuclear science
Europe Louis Néel Medal European Geophysical Society Outstanding contributions in the application of experimental and theoretical methods of solid state physics to the study of earth sciences
Austria Haitinger Prize Austrian Academy of Sciences Studies in chemistry and physics that proved to be of great practical use for industrial applications
Austria Lieben Prize Austrian Academy of Sciences Young scientists working in the fields of molecular biology, chemistry, or physics
Austria Ludwig Boltzmann Prize Austrian Physical Society Outstanding achievements in theoretical physics
Denmark H. C. Ørsted Medal Society for the Dissemination of Natural Science Scientific work in physics or chemistry
Denmark Niels Bohr Institute Medal of Honour Niels Bohr Institute Particularly outstanding researcher who is working in the spirit of Niels Bohr: International cooperation and the exchange of knowledge
Denmark Niels Bohr International Gold Medal Danish Society of Engineers, Niels Bohr Institute, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters Engineering award
France Ampère Prize French Academy of Sciences Outstanding research work in mathematics or physics
France Jacques Herbrand Prize French Academy of Sciences Young researchers (up to 35 years) in the field of mathematics, physics, and their non-military applications
France Leconte Prize French Academy of Sciences Important discoveries in mathematics, physics, and biology
France Three Physicists Prize École normale supérieure Major contributions in physics
France Volta Prize Government of France Extraordinary scientific discoveries related to electricity. No longer awarded
Germany Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis Berthold Leibinger Stiftung Those who have created applied laser technology and innovations on the application or generation of laser light
Germany Berthold Leibinger Zukunftspreis Berthold Leibinger Stiftung Excellent research on the application or generation of laser light
Germany Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Exceptional scientists and academics for their outstanding achievements in the field of research
Germany Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Preis German Ministry of Education and Research Physics
Germany Humboldt Prize Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Internationally renowned scientists and scholars who work outside of Germany
Germany Karl Scheel Prize German Physical Society Outstanding scientific work
Germany Klung Wilhelmy Science Award Otto Klung Foundation and the Dr. Wilhelmy Foundation Younger German scientists under the age of 40 in chemistry or physics
Germany Born Medal and Prize German Physical Society Outstanding contributions to physics
Germany Max Planck Medal German Physical Society Theoretical physics
Germany Otto Hahn Prize German Chemical Society, German Physical Society and City of Frankfurt Achievement in the field of chemistry, physics or applied engineering science
Germany Stern–Gerlach Medal German Physical Society Experimental physicists
Germany Walter Schottky Prize German Physical Society Outstanding research work of young academics in the field of solid-state physics
Hungary International Dennis Gabor Award Hungarian Academy of Sciences Scientific achievements with practical applications, with a clear positive attitude towards international cooperation of the researchers
Italy Alfredo di Braccio Award Accademia dei Lincei Top young chemist or physicist
Italy Enrico Fermi Prize Italian Physical Society Members of the Society who have particularly honored physics with their discoveries
Italy Majorana Prize Electronic Journal of Theoretical Physics Outstanding contributions to theoretical and mathematical physics
Italy Matteucci Medal Accademia nazionale delle scienze Physicists for their fundamental contributions
Italy Tomassoni awards Sapienza University of Rome Achievements in physics
Netherlands Lorentz Medal Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Physics
Poland First Step to Nobel Prize in Physics Organizing Committee Competition for high school students
Poland Marian Smoluchowski Medal Polish Physical Society Significant contributions in physics
Russia Bogolyubov Prize for young scientists Joint Institute for Nuclear Research Young researchers in theoretical physics
Russia Bogolyubov Prize Joint Institute for Nuclear Research Outstanding contribution to theoretical physics and applied mathematics
Russia Bruno Pontecorvo Prize Joint Institute for Nuclear Research Elementary particle physics
Russia Demidov Prize Russian Academy of Sciences Achievements in natural sciences and humanities
Russia Friedmann Prize Russian Academy of Sciences Work in cosmology and gravity
Russia Landau Gold Medal Russian Academy of Sciences Theoretical physics
Russia Pomeranchuk Prize Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics Theoretical physics
Soviet Union Kurchatov Medal USSR Academy of Sciences Outstanding achievements in nuclear physics and in the field of nuclear energy
Sweden Gregori Aminoff Prize Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Individual contribution in the field of crystallography, including areas concerned with the dynamics of the formation and dissolution of crystal structures
Sweden Lise Meitner Distinguished Lecture Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Physics
Sweden Nobel Prize in Physics Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Outstanding contributions for mankind in the field of Physics
Sweden Oskar Klein Memorial Lecture Stockholm University/Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Prominent physicist
Switzerland Albert Einstein Medal Albert Einstein Society Scientific findings, works, or publications related to Albert Einstein
Switzerland Tomalla Prize Tomalla Foundation Research in gravitation and/or cosmology,
Ukraine Bogolyubov Prize (NASU) National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine Outstanding contribution to theoretical physics and applied mathematics
United Kingdom A B Wood Medal Institute of Acoustics Distinguished contributions to the application of underwater acoustics
United Kingdom Copley Medal Royal Society Achievements in research in any branch of science
United Kingdom Eddington Medal Royal Astronomical Society Investigations of outstanding merit in theoretical astrophysics
United Kingdom Hughes Medal Royal Society electricity and magnetism
United Kingdom R W B Stephens Medal Institute of Acoustics Contributions to acoustics research or education
United Kingdom Rayleigh Medal Institute of Acoustics Outstanding contributions to acoustics
United Kingdom Rumford Medal Royal Society Important recent discovery in the field of thermal or optical properties of matter made by a scientist working in Europe
United Kingdom Tyndall Medal Institute of Acoustics Achievement and services in the field of acoustics

OceaniaEdit

Country Award Sponsor Notes
Australia Barry Inglis Medal National Measurement Institute, Australia Leadership, research and/or applications of measurement techniques
Australia Dirac Medal and Lecture University of New South Wales Advancement of theoretical physics
Australia Pawsey Medal Australian Academy of Science Outstanding research in the field of physics by an Australian scientist under 40 years of age
Australia Phillip Law Postdoctoral Award for the Physical Sciences Royal Society of Victoria Excellence in scientific research by an early career researcher in the physical sciences
Australia Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal Australian Academy of Science Mathematician or physicist for his or her outstanding research accomplishments
Australia Walter Boas Medal Australian Institute of Physics Research in physics in Australia
New Zealand Hector Medal Royal Society Te Apārangi Work of great scientific or technological merit and an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the particular branch of science

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics, American Physical Society, retrieved 2020-01-24
  2. ^ Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics, American Physical Society, retrieved 2020-01-24
  3. ^ Dennis Gabor Medal and Prize, Institute of Physics, retrieved 2020-01-24
  4. ^ Edward Appleton Medal and Prize, Institute of Physics, retrieved 2020-01-24
  5. ^ Fred Hoyle Medal and Prize, Institute of Physics, retrieved 2020-01-24
  6. ^ Dennis Gabor Medal and Prize, Institute of Physics, retrieved 2020-01-24
  7. ^ Harrie Massey Medal and Prize, Institute of Physics, retrieved 2020-01-24