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Leo P. Kadanoff Prize

Conceived and proposed by the Group on Statistical and Nonlinear Physics (GSNP), the prize will honor the memory and celebrate the remarkable legacy of Leo Kadanoff.

The prize will recognize a scientist or scientists whose work (theoretical, experimental or computational) has opened new vistas for statistical and/or nonlinear physics. It will cover an area that has been underrepresented in existing prizes and awards—the core areas of GSNP and their applications throughout physics and beyond.

APS and GSNP are enormously grateful to family members, friends, and colleagues of Leo Kadanoff who have raised commitments to meet the initial goal. Any gifts raised in excess of the goal, will go to both: designing and producing the Leo P. Kadanoff medal, as well as increasing the travel stipend for the prize recipients, so as to be sustainable in perpetuity.

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About the Prize

The prize will focus attention on the interdisciplinary scope of statistical and nonlinear physics including consideration of computational, experimental, and theoretical research. The annual prize will consist of:

  • A $10,000 stipend
  • A certificate citing the accomplishments of the recipient
  • A medal bearing the likeness of Leo Kadanoff
  • An invitation to speak at the APS March Meeting
  • A travel allowance to attend the meeting

About Leo P. Kadanoff

Kadanoff, who served as APS President from 2007-2008, had an enormous impact on statistical and nonlinear physics. He himself was the recipient of many of the field’s most prestigious awards (Kenneth Wilson publicly mused why Kadanoff was not a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize). His influence was broad and his originality deep—broader and deeper than a list of his research papers might suggest. His accessible approach to the renormalization group, for example, has been emulated in an array of fields. And his lectures and popular writings have inspired a generation of scientists.

Thank You to Our Donors

The American Physical Society would like to thank these generous donors for their contributions to the Leo P. Kadanoff Prize:

$100,000 and above

$25,000 - $99,999
Ruth Kadanoff, Marcia Kadanoff & Rich Mironov, Ashvin Chhabra

$10,000 - $19,999
Walter & Shirley Massey

$5,000 - $9,999
Betsy Kadanoff, Thomas F. Rosenbaum and Katherine T. Faber

$1,000 - $4,999
Anonymous (1), Andrea Bertozzi, Niels Bohr Institute, Michael Brenner, Susan Coppersmith, Predrag Cvitanovic and Sara A. Solla, Michal Ditzian and Ray Clemens, Todd Dupont, Jens Eggers, Yejun Feng, Raymond E. Goldstein, IOP Publishing, Mogens Jensen, Amy Joanne Kolan, George E. Laramore, Forrest Meiere, Sasha Mironov, Eberhard Riedel, Myron Salamon, Boris Shraiman, Edward Witten

$500 - $999
Gordon Baym, Timothy Halpin-Healy, Greg Huber, James Langer, Jonathan Miller, Joseph Serene, Mary Silber, Howard Stone, Z. Jane Wang

Up to $499
John Bechhoefer, David A. Bensimon, Bulbul Chakraborty, David A. Cinabro, Karin Andrea Dahmen, Patrick Diamond, Eduardo Hector Fradkin, James Freericks, Michael Gabbay, Harvey Gould, Amy Graves, Robert William Hosken, Christopher Jarzynski, E. Scott Kirkpatrick, Rikio Konno, Daniel Perry Lathrop, Robert L. Leheny, Mark Douglas Nockleby, Troy Shinbrot, Mark Bradley Spitzer, Asle Sudbo, Shubha Tewari, Yishu Wang, Lingyu Yang

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