APS 2020 Award Winners

2020 has been a banner year for awards given to Black physicists. Here is a partial list of some of the most recent awardees from APS and IEEE

  • Monika Schleier-Smith
  • William M. Jackson
  • Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
  • Peter J. Delfyett, Jr.
  • Anderson Sunda-Meya
  • Samson A. Jenekhe
  • Herbert Winful
  • Monika Schleier-Smith

    Monika Schleier-Smith is the 2021 winner of the I.I. Rabi Prize in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics. This prize is meant to recognize and encourage outstanding research in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics by investigators who have held a Ph.D. for no more than 10 years prior to the nomination deadline.

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  • William M. Jackson

    William M. Jackson is the 2021 Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize Recipient. The citation reads: "For outstanding contributions to fundamental chemical physics and spectroscopy associated with asteroids and comets, and for exemplary teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as lifelong service and inspiration to a diverse community."

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  • Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

    Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is the 2021 Edward A. Bouchet Award Recipient. The citation reads: "For contributions to theoretical cosmology and particle physics, ranging from axion physics to models of inflation to alternative models of dark energy, for tireless efforts in increasing inclusivity in physics, and for co-creating the Particles for Justice movement."

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  • Peter J. Delfyett, Jr.

    Peter J. Delfyett, Jr. is the winner of the APS Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science. This prize recognizes outstanding contributions to basic research which uses lasers to advance our knowledge of the fundamental physical properties of materials and their interaction with light.

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  • Anderson Sunda-Meya

    Anderson Sunda-Meya is the 2021 Excellence in Physics Education Award Recipient. The citation reads For multifaceted support and inspiration to students and faculty at Xavier University of Louisiana, robust physics outreach to the New Orleans region, and sustained commitment to recruiting, retaining, mentoring, teaching, incorporating service learning, and conducting research with African American physics students."

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  • Samson A. Jenekhe

    Samson A. Jenekhe is the winner of the 2021 Polymer Physics Prize Recipient. The citation reads: "For pioneering and sustained outstanding contributions to the synthesis, photophysics, and structure-morphology-performance relationships in semiconducting polymers for electronic and photovoltaic applications."

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  • Herbert Winful

    Prof. Herbert Winful received the IEEE Photonics Society Quantum Electronics Award “for pioneering the field of nonlinear optical periodic structures and for foundational contributions to nonlinear dynamics of semiconductor laser arrays.”

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Additionally, there have been a number of Black physicists that have been elevated to fellow status within APS, Congratulations to all of the award winners.