Science Writing Award
The American Institute of Physics (AIP) instituted their Science Writing Award to "promote effective science communication in print and broadcast media in order to improve the general public's appreciation of physics, astronomy, and allied science fields." The winner receives $3000, and an engraved Windsor Chair. The awards is given in three broad categories: 1) science writing, 2) work intended for children, and 3) work done in new media. The AIP stopped issuing awards to three categories: 1) work by a professional journalist (last awarded in 2011) 2) work by a scientist (last awarded in 2009), and 3) broadcast media (last awarded in 2009)
Notable winners of this Science Writing Award include Nobel Prize winners Charles Townes and Steven Weinberg; other notables winners include Simon Singh, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Lawrence Krauss, John Wheeler, Kip Thorne, Leonard Susskind, Clifford Martin Will, Abraham Pais, Heinz Pagels, Banesh Hoffmann, and Martin Gardner.
Winners: New MediaEdit
Past Winners: JournalistEdit
- 2011: George Musser for Scientific American magazine,"Could Time End?"
- 2010: Tom Zoellner for Penguin Group, "Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock that Shaped the World"
- 2008: Ann Finkbeiner for Viking/Penguin,"The Jasons"
- 2007: Tim Folger, Discover Magazine,"If an Electron can be in Two Places at Once, Why Can't You?"
- 2006: Barbara Goldsmith for WW Norton and Atlas Books, "Obsessive Genius"
- 2005: Michael Moyer for Popular Science, "Journey to the 10th Dimension"
- 2004: J. Madeleine Nash for Warner Books, El Niño: Unlocking the Secrets of the Master Weather-Maker
- 2003: Diane Tennant for The Virginian-Pilot,"A Cosmic Tale"
- 2002: No award given
- 2001: Marcia Bartusiak for Joseph Henry Press, Einstein's Unfinished Symphony
- 2000: Ron Cowen for USA Today, "Quantum Leap in Research Draws Cosmic Insight Closer"; Science News "Travelin' Light"; The Washington Post "Now Hear This!"
- 1999: Michael Lemonick, Other Worlds: The Search for Life in the Universe, Simon & Schuster
- 1998: Robyn Suriano and Todd Halvorson for Florida Today, "Cassini: Debating the Risks"
- 1997: Hazel Muir for New Scientist Magazine "Watch Out, Here Comes the Sun" and "A Fast Rain's Going to Fall"
- 1996: K.C. Cole for The Los Angeles Times,(3 newspaper articles)
- 1995: Gary Taubes for Discover Magazine, "Welcome to Femtoland"
- 1994: Dick Teresi for Omni Magazine, "The Last Great Experiment of the 20th Century"
- 1993: Billy Goodman for Air & Space Magazine, "The Planet Hunters"
- 1992: Dennis Overbye for Harper Collins Publishers, Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos
- 1991: Charles Petit for Mosaic Magazine, "Vanishingly Close to Absolute Zero"
- 1990: Jerry Bishop for The Wall Street Journal, "Cold Fusion"
- 1989: Timothy Ferris for William & Morrow Inc, Coming of Age in the Milky Way
- 1988: Richard Preston for The Atlantic Monthly Press, First Light
- 1987: Shannon Brownlee and Allan Chen for Discover Magazine, "Waiting for the Big One"
- 1986: Arthur Fisher for Mosaic, "Chaos: The Ultimate Asymmetry"
- 1985: Ben Patrusky for World Book Yearbook, "The Wandering Continents"
- 1984: John Tierney for Discover Magazine,"Perpetual Commotion"
- 1983: Martin Gardner for Discover Magazine, "Quantum Weirdness"
- 1982: Marcia F. Bartusiak for Discover Magazine, "The Ultimate Timepiece"
- 1981: Leo Janus for Science 80 Magazine,"Timekeepers of the Solar System"
- 1980: Dennis Overbye for Omni Magazine, "The Wizard of Time and Space"
- 1979: Robert C. Cowen for The Christian Science Monitor, "The New Astronomy"
- 1978: Timothy Ferris for The Red Limit: The Search for the Edge of the Universe
- 1977: William D. Metz for Science Magazine, "Fusion Research"
- 1976: Frederic Golden for Time Magazine, "Forecast: Earthquake"
- 1975: Tom Alexander for Fortune Magazine, "Ominous Changes in the World's Weather"
- 1974: Patrick Young for The National Observer, "A Quake Is Due at..."
- 1973: Edward Edelson for The New York News, "The Mystery of Space"
- 1972: Jerry E. Bishop for The Wall Street Journal, "Celestial Clue"
- 1971: Kenneth Weaver for National Geographic, "Voyage to the Planets"
- 1970: C.P. Gilmore for Popular Science, "Can We Stop Earthquakes from Happening"
- 1969: Walter S. Sullivan for The New York Times, "Flight of Apollo 8"
- 1968: William J. Perkinson for The Baltimore Sun, "ABM Primer: Physics for Defense"
Past Winners: ScientistEdit
2011: Dan Falk Scientific magazine Could Time End?
2009 - Dan Falk COSMOS magazine End of Days: A Universe in Ruins
2008 - Gino Segre Viking/Penguin Faust in Copenhagen
2007 - James Trefil Astronomy magazine Where is the Universe Heading?
2003: Ray Jayawardhana Astronomy Magazine Beyond Black
2002: Lawrence Krauss Little, Brown & Co Atom: An Odyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth...and Beyond
Honorable Mention: Ken Croswell The Free Press The Universe at Midnight
2000: Charles H. Townes Oxford University Press How the Laser Happened
1997: Award postponed until 1998
1995: Eric Chaisson HarperCollins Publishing The Hubble Wars
1994: Kip S. Thorne W.W. Norton & Company Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy
1993: Hans C. von Baeyer Random House Taming the Atom
1992: David C. Cassidy W.H. Freeman & Co. Uncertainty: The Life and Science of Werner Heisenberg
1991: Harold Lewis W.W. Norton & Co. Technological Risk
1990: Bruce Murray W.W. Norton & Co. Journey Into Space
1989: Mark Littmann John Wiley & Sons Planets Beyond: Discovering the Outer Solar System
1988: Michael Riordan Simon & Schuster The Hunting of the Quark
1987: Clifford Martin Will Basic Books Was Einstein Right?
1986: Donald Goldsmith Walker and Company Nemesis: The Death Star
1985: Edwin C. Krupp Macmillan Publishing Company The Comet and You
1984: George Greenstein Freundlich Books Frozen Star
1983: Abraham Pais Oxford University Press Subtle Is the Lord...The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein
1982: Heinz Pagels Simon & Schuster The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature
1981: Eric Chaisson Little, Brown & Company Cosmic Dawn
1980: William J. Kaufmann, III, W.H. Freeman & Company Black Holes and Warped Spacetime
1978: Edwin C. Krupp Doubleday & Company In Search of Ancient Astronomies
1975: Robert H. March Science Year The Quandary Over Quarks
1973: Banesh Hoffmann Viking Press Albert Einstein: Creator and Rebel
1972: Dietrich Schroeer Addison-Wesley Physics & Its Fifth Dimension: Society
1971: Robert H. March MacGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc. Physics for Poets
1969: Kip S. Thorne Science Year The Death of a Star
Past Winners: Children'sEdit
2011: Vicki Wittenstein Boyds Mills Press "Planet Hunter: Geoff Marcy and the Search for Other Earths"
2010: Gillian Richardson Annick Press Ltd. "Kaboom! Explosions of All Kinds"
2009: Cora Lee and Gillian O’Reilly Annick Press "The Great Number Rumble: A story of Math in Surprising Places"
2008: Alexandra Siy and Dennis Kunkel Charlesbridge "SNEEZE!
2007: Jacob Berkowitz Kids Can Press "Jurassic Poop"
2005: Bea Uusma Schyffert Chronicle Books "The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon"
2003: Ron Miller Twenty-First Century Books, a Division of The Millbrook Press Worlds Beyond Series: Extrasolar Planets, The Sun, Jupiter, and Venus
2002: Fred Bortz The Millbrook Press Techno-Matter: The Materials Behind the Marvels
2000: Jill Frankel Hauser Williamson Publishing Science Play! Gizmos & Gadgets
1999: Elaine Scott Hyperion Books for Children Close Encounters
1998: Barbara Taylor Henry Holt and Company Earth Explained
1997: Donald Silver Silver Burdett Press Extinction is Forever
1996: Steve Tomecek W.H. Freeman and Company Bouncing & Bending Light
1993: Gail Gibbons Holiday House Stargazers
1992: Gloria Skurzynski Bradbury Press Almost The Real Thing
1991: Richard Maurer Simon & Schuster Inc. Airborne
1990: David Macaulay Houghton Mifflin Company The Way Things Work
1989: Gail Kay Haines Putnam & Grosset Micromysteries
Past Winner: Broadcast MediaEdit
2008: Julia Cort WGBH/NOVA scienceNOW "Asteroid"
2002: David Kestenbaum National Public Radio "Measuring Muons" (RealMedia file)
2000: Craig Heaps KTVU- TV Time & Space Space Weather
1999: Dan Falk CBC Radio From Empedocles to Einstein
- "Science Writing Award". American Institute of Physics. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2017.
- Best Sci-Tech Books 2004: The Masters of Science Writing: 3/1/2005: Library Journal Archived 2007-07-12 at the Wayback Machine
- Diane Tennant, Virginian Pilot, "A Cosmic Tale", February 13, 2007. Retrieved May 28, 2011 Archived July 13, 2012, at Archive.today
- Physics Today December 2001
- Science Writer Awarded AIP Cultural Prize Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine
- AGU Honors
- Science Communication Awards at AIP