Prize Recipient

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Daniel Lathrop
University of Maryland, College Park


"For his striking observations of flow in a quantum fluid, including detection of counter-flow that confirmed the two-fluid picture of quantum fluid, observation and characterization of reconnections of quantized vortices, and the discovery of an inverse-cube tail in the velocity distribution of superfluid turbulence."


Daniel P. Lathrop is Professor of Physics, Professor of Geology, and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Maryland. He received a B.A. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991. He served at Yale University as a postdoctoral fellow, research affiliate, and lecturer, and at Emory University as Assistant Professor. He joined the University of Maryland in 1997, the year he received a Presidential Early Career Award from the National Science Foundation. He was awarded a Cottrell Scholar Award in 1997 and the Farrell Fellowship in 2004. From 2006 to 2011 he served as Director of the University of Maryland’s Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the American Geophysical Union. His research focuses on nonlinear dynamics, rotating turbulent fluid flows, geomagnetism, and quantum turbulence.

Selection Committee:

Martin Maxey, Chair; Philip Marcus; Elaine Oran; Charles Meneveau; Gretar Tryggvason; Mark Glauser