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Recognizing Excellence

APS was founded more than a century ago for the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics. One way we fulfill that mission is by recognizing significant contributions to physics with prizes, awards, and fellowships. These honors are highly regarded, and represent critical recognition from the recipients’ most discerning audience: their peers.

We are pleased to honor 29 recipients at the 2021 April Meeting, including many who were originally invited to attend the in-person 2020 April Meeting. These prizes and awards highlight the diversity and vitality of physics, and acknowledge physicists across all career stages and subfields, internationally.

APS expresses our most sincere gratitude to the sponsors and donors who make these prizes and awards possible. We express our deepest appreciation to the volunteer leaders, who serve on the selection committees; and to all who nominated their peers for these distinct honors.

We invite you to explore each of the recipients’ pages below, where you can learn about them, watch their acceptance speeches, and find invited talk information. Our congratulations go to our colleagues for these achievements.

Philip H. Bucksbaum Philip H. Bucksbaum 2020 APS President
Sylvester James Gates, Jr. Sylvester James Gates, Jr. 2021 APS President

Meet the 2020 and 2021 Recipients