Prize Recipient

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Adam Sean Jermyn
California Institute of Technology


"For original contributions to understanding how the atmospheres of pulsar companions are heated and for elucidating the observational consequences."


Adam Jermyn graduated with a B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 2015. As a freshman at Caltech, Adam investigated protein misfolding in the context of Alzheimer's disease, and later went on to collaborate with a group at UC Berkeley as the principal investigator on a Department of Energy computing grant, investigating the more general phenomenology of biological aggregation. He has done research on plasmonic solar energy collection, which has been presented at meetings of the Materials Research Society and published in Nature Communications, as well as on quantum information, which has been published in Physical Review B and presented at a meeting of the American Physical Society. Adam is the first author on a patent for atomic force microscopy image analysis, and his senior thesis, which consisted of research on the impact of external irradiation on stellar atmospheres, is currently in preparation for publication. Jermyn received the Goldwater Scholarship, the Marshall Scholarship, and the Hertz Fellowship. He is currently doing research in astrophysics at the University of Cambridge, and plans to subsequently examine emergent phenomena in biophysical systems at MIT.

Selection Committee:

Michael S. Turner (Chair), Malcom R. Beasley, Allen Goldman, Elizabeth McCormack, Amy R. Graves, James Eckert, John P. Cumalat, James S. Langer