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Help Endow the Irwin Oppenheim Award for best paper by a young investigator in Physical Review E.
The Irwin Oppenheim Award was established in 2017 to honor the memory and celebrate the legacy of the founding editor of Physical Review E (PRE).
Thanks to the generous support of Irwin Oppenheim’s family and friends, as well as to members of APS and the broader scientific community, the inaugural Irwin Oppenheim Award was made at the March Meeting 2019 in Boston.
However, for the Award to be fully endowed, we must reach our campaign goal of $90,000 by December 31st, 2019. We thank those who have contributed thus far, and invite all who are interested in participating to do so now—to assure that the Oppenheim Award will be given in perpetuity.
The Oppenheim Award will be the first best-paper award by a Physical Review journal. It will recognize outstanding contributions to physics by early career scientists who publish in PRE. The annual award will consist of:
A charismatic leader and beloved colleague, mentor and friend, Irwin Oppenheim served as senior editor of PRE from its inception in 1993 until 2002. He set high standards and attracted authors and papers from new fields. Under his editorship the journal grew substantially and transitioned to online publishing. Using his stature and impeccable integrity, Irwin established PRE as the premier journal in statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics.
Irwin Oppenheim studied physics and chemistry at Harvard University, graduating in 1949. He performed his dissertation work under the guidance of John Gamble Kirkwood first at Caltech and then at Yale, and received a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1956. His distinguished career as professor of chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology began in 1961, when he was hired as the department’s first theoretical chemist, and spanned more than fifty years.
Oppenheim was a pioneer in nonequilibrium statistical physics and kinetic theory. He co-authored the classical text “Chemical Thermodynamics.” Among his most significant works are calculations of transport coefficients for quantum and classical liquids, the development of widely used mode-coupling theories, and the physics of slow relaxation and long-term memory in hard-sphere fluids.
Oppenheim was a dedicated teacher who taught introductory physical chemistry and statistical thermodynamics to decades of MIT undergraduate and graduate students. He mentored more than fifty students and postdocs, many of whom went on to become prominent scientists.
More about Irwin Oppenheim’s remarkable life and distinguished career, including his passion for his work, colleagues, students and mentees, can be found on MIT News.
The American Physical Society would like to thank these generous donors for their contributions to the Irwin Oppenheim Award Endowment Campaign:
$20,000 and above
$10,000 - $19,999
Joshua Buresh-Oppenheim and Rachel Schorr Hirsch
$5,000 - $9,999
$1,000 - $4,999
Anonymous (2), Brant Johnson, Carl Mazza, Cynthia Fertman, Dirk Jan Bukman, Edith Yanklowitz, Eli Ben-Naim, Eric Mazur, Gary Grest, James T. Bartis, Jerrold Oppenheim, John Deutch, Leah Oppenzato and Sonia Oppenheim, Ling Miao, Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, Philip Phillips, Rashmi Desai, Richard Koehl, Robert Field, Ruben Pasmanter, Steve Gorham and Candace Reed
$500 - $999
Berni Alder, Bruce Yanklowitz, C. Bryan and Kathryn Gabbard, C. M. Knobler, Diana Korzenik, Harvey and Patti Gould, Irwin and Marian Shapiro, Joel Gorham, Jonathan Machta, Margaret Kivelson, Patti Yanklowitz, Paul Davis, Paul Schechter and Gretchen Guidess, Ralph and Marcie Hirsch
Up to $499
Anonymous, Alberto Suarez, Andrea Liu, Andrei Tokmakoff, Ubbo B. Felderhof, David Hirsch, David Lide, Daxing Xiong, Gerald Hedstrom, H. Eugene Stanley, Henry Valk, Jay Dorfman, Jeffrey Corey, John Sutherland, Judith Herzfeld, Katja Lindenberg, Mary Jane Shultz, Michael Graham, Nan Waldstein, Patrick Diamond, Raymond Kapral, Richard Register, Robert Griffin, Sidney Redner, Gail and Thomas Schank, Valerie Kivelson and Timothy Hofer, Udayan Mohanty, William Goff
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