Herman Feshbach Prize in Theoretical Nuclear Physics

To recognize and encourage outstanding research in theoretical nuclear physics. The prize should consist of $10,000 and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient. It is presented annually.

Establishment & Support

This prize is supported by contributions from the Division of Nuclear Physics and friends and family of Herman Feshbach to honor him for his numerous contributions to Theoretical Physics. Major sponsors include Andrea Feshbach, Brookhaven Science Associates, Elsevier, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, University of Tennessee, Southeastern Universities Research Association, and the Lourie Foundation.

Rules & Eligibility

Nominations would be open to physicists whose work in nuclear physics is primarily theoretical. There are no time limitations on the work described in the citation. The prize shall be awarded to one person, or may be shared by up to and including three persons when all the recipients have contributed to the same accomplishment. Nominations would be active for three award cycles.

Nomination & Selection Process

Deadline: Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The nomination package must include:

A letter of not more than 5,000 characters evaluating the qualifications of the nominee(s).

In addition, the nomination should include:

  • A biographical sketch.
  • A list of the most important publications.
  • At least two, but not more than four, seconding letters.
  • Up to five reprints or preprints.

To start a new or update a continuing nomination, please see the Prize & Award Nomination Guidelines.

2022 Selection Committee Members: Jolie Cizewski (Chair), Feng Yuan (Vice-Chair), Berndt Mueller (’21 Recipient), John Beacom, Achim Schwenk

The membership of APS is diverse and global, and the nominees and recipients of APS Honors should reflect that diversity so that all are recognized for their impact on our community. Nominations of members belonging to groups traditionally underrepresented in physics, such as women, LGBT+ scientists, scientists who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), disabled scientists, and scientists from outside the United States are especially encouraged.

Nominees for and holders of APS Honors (prizes, awards, and fellowship) and official leadership positions are expected to meet standards of professional conduct and integrity as described in the APS Ethics Guidelines. Violations of these standards may disqualify people from consideration or lead to revocation of honors or removal from office.

2022 Recipient

David B Kaplan
Institute for Nuclear Theory



Past Recipients

2021: Berndt Mueller
2020: Ubirajara van Kolck
2019: Barry R. Holstein
2018: Edward Shuryak
2017: Joseph Carlson
2016: Xiangdong Ji
2015: Larry McLerran
2014: John W. Negele