Honors by Faculty

This list isn't comprehensive. It has been compiled from information provided by the faculty and from University press releases. The Physics Department staff updates the list when they learn of new (or omitted) honors, so please email additions to the web editor.

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Isaac Abella

Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 1969
Fellow, American Physical Society, 1984

David Biron

Magna Cum Laude, B.A. Physics and Computer Sciences, 1996
Intel-Dean Prize, 1997
Magna Cum Laude, M.Sc. Physics, 1998
Menashe Millo Memorial Prize, 2003    
Rothschild Fellow, 2005
Cross-Disciplinary Fellow, Human Frontier Science Program, 2005-08
Interfaces Scholar Award, HHMI, 2006
Human Frontiers of Science Program Career Development Award, 2008
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface, 2008
Searle Research Scholar, Searle Scholars Program, 2010 

Edward Blucher

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, 1994
DOE Outstanding Junior Investigator, 1994
NSF Young Investigator Award, 1994
Fellow, American Physical Society, 2006    

Marcela Carena

John Stewart Bell Fellow, 1993
Marie Curie Fellow, 1996
Fellow, American Physical Society 2002
Humboldt Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2011

John Carlstrom

Packard Fellow, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 1994
NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement, 1997
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow, 1998
James S. McDonnell Centennial Fellowship, 1999
Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2000
S. Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor, 2001
Member, National Academy of Sciences, 2002
Robertson Memorial Lecture Prize, The National Academies, 2004
Megellanic Premium, American Philosophical Society, 2004
Beatrice M. Tinsley Prize, American Astronomical Society, 2006
Fellow of the American Physical Society, February 2009  

Cheng Chin

Lise Meitner Fellowship, 2003 & 2004
Visiting professor, Universität Innsbruck, Austria 2003
Outstanding Young Researcher Award, OCPA  2006
Alfred P. Sloan Fellow,  2006
Packard Fellow, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 2007
CAREER Grant, National Science Foundation, 2008
Young Scientist Prize in AMO Physics, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, 2008
Rabi Prize, American Physical Society, 2011
Humboldt Research Fellowship, 2013

 

Juan Collar

Research Innovation Award 2002, Research Corporation
CAREER Grant, National Science Foundation, 2002

James Cronin

Research Corporation Award, 1968
National Academy of Sciences, 1970
University Professor of Physics, 1971
John Price Wetherill Medal of the Franklin Institute, 1975
Ernest O. Lawrence Award, Energy Research & Development Administration, 1977
Nobel Prize for Physics, 1980
Laureate, Lincoln Academy of Illinois (Medal of the Order of Lincoln), 1981
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1982
Ryerson Lecturer, 1990
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, 1992
Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 1994
Docteur honoris causa, l'Université Pierre et Marie Curie, 1994
Honorary degree, University of Leeds, 1996
Member, American Philosophical Society, 1999
National Medal of Science, 1999
Foreign Member, Russian Academy of Sciences, 2003
Foreign Fellow, Royal Society of London, 2007
University of Chicago Alumni Medal, 2013 

Dean Eastman

Oliver E. Buckley Prize, American Physical Society, 1980
American Physical Society, 1981
National Academy of Sciences, 1982
National Academy of Engineering, 1988
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1991

Peter Freund

Fellow, American Physical Society
Honorary degree, the West University of Timisoara, Rumania, 1996

Henry Frisch

Fellow, American Physical Society, 1986
Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 1992
Divisional Councillor, Particles and Fields,
American Physical Society Council, 1996-98

Margaret Gardel

Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund Fellow, 2005
Burroughs Wellcome Career Award, 2006
NIH Director's Pioneer Award, 2007
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 2008
Packard Fellow, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 2008
Early Excellence Award, American Asthma Foundation 2012

Stuart Gazes

Presidential Young Investigator, NSF, 1987

Robert Geroch

Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 1980
Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award, 1990

Philippe Guyot-Sionnest

Prix National des Lasers, Société Française de Physique, 1990
Packard Fellow, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 1992
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 1996
Fellow, American Physical Society, 2002

Jeffrey Harvey

Presidential Young Investigator, NSF, 1987
Fellow, American Physical Society, 1992
Louis Block Professor, 1998
Honorary Degree, University of Minnesota, 2002
Enrico Fermi Distinguished Service Professor, 2003
Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2004
Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, 2010
Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2013  
National Academy of Sciences, 2014

Roger Hildebrand

Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 1960
Guggenheim Fellow, 1968-69
Samuel K. Allison Distinguished Service Professor, 1987
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1991
Norman Maclean Faculty Award, 1999

Richard Hill

Feynman Award, Cornell University 1997

Daniel Holz

CAREER Award, National Science Foundation 2012

William Irvine

Packard Fellow, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 2012
Sloan Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation 2012
NSF Career Award, 2013

Heinrich Jaeger

Fulbright Scholarship, 1980-81
Packard Foundation Fellowship, 1991
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1992
Cottrell Scholar, Research Corporation, 1994
Outstanding Achievement Award, University of Minnesota, 2002
Fellow, American Physical Society 2002
Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2006
William J. and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor, 2010

Leo Kadanoff

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1962-67
Oliver E. Buckley Prize, American Physical Society, 1977
National Academy of Sciences, 1978
Wolf Foundation Award, 1980
Fellow, American Physical Society American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1982
John D. MacArthur Distinguished Service Professor, 1982
Elliott Cresson Medal, The Franklin Institute, 1986
Boltzmann Medal, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, 1989
Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 1990
Centennial Medal, Harvard University, 1990
Member, American Philosophical Society, 1997
Lars Onsager Prize, American Physical Society, 1998
Grande Medaille d'Or, Academie des Sciences de l'Institut de France, 1998
National Medal of Science, 1999
Ryerson Lecturer, 2000
Honorary Doctor in Science, University of Copenhagen, 2000
Onsager Medal and Lectureship, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 2003
Lorentz Professorship, Leiden, The Netherlands, 2003-2004
Lorentz Medal, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2006
Distinguished Research Chair, Perimeter Institute, 2009 

Woowon Kang

Packard Fellow, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 1995
Guggenheim Fellow, 2005  

Kwang-Je Kim

Fellow, American Physical Society, 1995
International Free Electron Laser Award, 1998
U.S. Particle Accelerator School Prize for Achievement in Accelerator Physics and Technology, 2013   

Young-Kee Kim

Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, 1997
Fellow, American Physical Society, 2004
Ho-Am Prize, Ho-Am Foundation, 2005
Distinguished Scholar Award, University of Rochester, 2010
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2012
Louis Block Professor of Physics, U of Chicago 2012

David Kutasov

Outstanding Junior Investigator Award, Department of Energy, 1993
Sackler Visiting Professor, Tel Aviv University

Kathryn Levin

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1976
Fellow, American Physical Society, 1991

Riccardo Levi-Setti

Prize of the City of Como, Italian Physical Society, 1953
Guggenheim Fellow, 1963
Fellow, American Physical Society, 1962
Jacquet-Lucas Award for Excellence in Metallography (with Kamal Soni),
International Metallographic Society, 1995
Commendatore dell'Ordine al "Merito della Republica Italiana," 1995
Leonardo da Vinci Award of the Order Sons of Italy in America, 2002
Charles Sternberg Award of the Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences, 2008 

Peter Littlewood

Fellow, American Physical Society, 1989
Fellow, Trinity College Cambridge, 1997
Fellow, Institute of Physics, 2005
Fellow, Royal Society of London, 2007

Zheng-Tian Lu

U. S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, 2000
U. S. DOE Office of Science Early Career Scientist and Engineer Award, 2000
Fellow, American Physical Society, 2006
Francis M. Pipkin Award, American Physical Society, 2009      

Emil Martinec

Presidential Young Investigator Award, NSF, 1987
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1987
Outstanding Junior Investigator, DOE, 1987

Gene Mazenko

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1977
Fellow, American Physical Society, 1987

Frank Merritt

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1983
Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 1987
Fellow, American Physical Society, 1997

Dietrich Müller

Yodh Prize, International Cosmic Ray Conference, 2009
Fellow, American Physical Society
Alexander von Humboldt Award, Germany, 1997

Sidney Nagel

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1979-81
Fellow, American Physical Society, 1988
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1993
Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 1996
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1997
Louis Block Professor, 1998
Paul Klopsteg Prize, American Association of Physics Teachers, 1998
Oliver E. Buckley Prize, American Physical Society, 1999
Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor, 2001
Member, National Academy of Sciences, 2003

Yoichiro Nambu

Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics, 1970
National Academy of Sciences, 1971
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1971
J. Robert Oppenheimer Prize, 1976
Order of Culture awarded by Government of Japan, 1978
Harry Pratt Judson Distinguished Service Professor, 1978
National Medal of Science, 1982
Japan Academy (Honorary Member), 1984
Max Planck Medal, 1985
Dirac Medal, International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, 1986
Honorary Doctor of Science, Northwestern University, 1987
J. J. Sakurai Prize, American Physical Society, 1994
Wolf Foundation Prize in Physics, 1994-95
Gian Carlo Wick Commemorative Medal, World Federation of Scientists, 1995
Honorary degree, Osaka University, 1996
Foreign Fellow, Georgian Academy of Sciences, 1996
N. Bogoliubov Prize, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 2003
Benjamin Franklin Medal, 2005
Nobel Prize for Physics, 2008 

Mark Oreglia

Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1985
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1986
Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2001

Eugene Parker

Space Science Award, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1962
National Academy of Sciences, 1967
John Fleming Award, American Geophysical Union, 1969
Henry Arctowski Medal, National Academy of Sciences, 1969
Honorary D.Sc., Michigan State University, 1975
George Ellery Hale Award, American Astronomical Society, 1978
Sydney Chapman Medal, Royal Astronomical Society, 1979
Distinguished Alumnus Award, California Institute of Technology, 1980
Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Utrecht, Netherlands, 1986
James Arthur Prize Lecture, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 1986
S. Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor, 1987
Elected to Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi,
The Norwegian Academy of Science & Letters, 1988
National Medal of Science, 1989
William Bowie Medal, American Geophysical Union, 1990
Karl Schwarzschild Medal, Astronomischen Gessellschaft, 1990
Gold Medal, Royal Astronomical Society, 1992
Ryerson Lecturer, 1997
Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal, The Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 1997
James Clerk Maxwell Prize, American Physical Society, 2003
Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences, Inamori Foundation, 2003

James Pilcher

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1972-76
Fellow, American Physical Society, 1988

Thomas Rosenbaum

Presidential Young Investigator Award, NSF, 1984
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1984
William L. McMillan Prize, 1986
James Franck Professor, 2001
John T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor, 2004
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2005
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2010 

Jonathan Rosner

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1971-73
Fellow, American Physical Society, 1981
Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, 1996
John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, 2002

Robert Rosner

William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor, 1998
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2001
Member, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, 2004

Michael Rust

Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Fellow, 2008
Burroughs-Wellcome Career Award, 2009

John Schiffer

Guggenheim Fellow, 1959-60
Fellow, American Physical Society, 1968
Humboldt Foundation Award, Technical University of Munich, 1973
Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics, American Physical Society, 1976
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1984
Wilbur Cross Medal, Yale University, 1985
Member, National Academy of Sciences, 1987
Foreign member, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, 1996
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1998
Doctor of Science (Honorary), University of Notre Dame, 1999

David Schmitz

Leon M. Lederman Fellow, 2008
Fermilab Director's Award for science education and outreach, 2011

David Schuster

Quantum Computing Graduate Researcher Fellowship, 2003
Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools Dissertation Award, 2007
Yale Quantum Information and Mesoscopic Physics Fellowship, 2008
William L. McMillian Award, U of Illinois, 2011
Sloan Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 2012
CAREER Award, National Science Foundation 2012

Savdeep Sethi

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, 2001
CAREER Grant, National Science Foundation, 2001
Van der Waals Professor, Univ of Amsterdam, 2010

Melvyn Shochet

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1978-82
Quantrell Award For Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 1978
Fellow, American Physical Society, 1989
Elaine M. and Samuel D. Kersten, Jr. Professor in the Physical Sciences, 1995
Kersten Distinguished Service Professor, 2002
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2005
Member, National Academy of Sciences, 2006  

Jonathan Simon

AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize, 2011
Martin and Beate Block Award, Aspen Center for Physics, 2012
Air Force Young Investigator Award, 2013
DOE Young Investigator Award, 2013
NSF Career Award, 2013
DARPA Young Faculty Award, 2013

Dam T. Son

Outstanding Junior Investigator in Nuclear Physics, DOE, 2000
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 2001
Fellow, American Physical Society, 2006
Simons Investigator, 2013
National Academy of Sciences, 2014 Fellow,
Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014 

Michael Turner

NSF Fellow, 1971-74
Compton Lecturer, 1980
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1983
Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 1983
Helen B. Warner Prize, American Astronomical Society, 1984
Fellow, American Physical Society, 1986
Gravity Research Foundation Essay Competition, First Award, 1991
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1996
Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize, American Physical Society, 1997
National Academy of Sciences, 1997
Bruce V. & Diana M. Rauner Distinguished Service Professor, 1998
Paul Klopsteg Prize, American Association of Physics Teachers, 1999
Gravity Research Foundation Essay, 2nd Prize, 1999
Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics, AAS/AIP, 2010
Vice President, American Physical Society 2010

Carlos Wagner

Fellow, American Physical Society,
2008 Humboldt Research Prize

Yah Wah

Compton Lecturer, 1986
DOE Outstanding Young Investigator, 1988

Scott Wakely

Compton Lecturer, 2002
Career Grant, National Science Foundation, 2007

Robert Wald

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 1976
Fellow, American Physical Society, 1996
Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, 1997
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2000
National Academy of Sciences, 2001
Charles A. Swift Distinguished Service Professor, 2002  

LianTao Wang

Outstanding Junior Investigator, US Dept. of Energy, 2008
Early Career Award, Dept. of Energy, 2010 

Paul Wiegmann

Lady Davis Fellowship, 2000
Humboldt Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2002
Fellow, American Physical Society, 2003
Kramers Chair, Spinoza Institute, 2003
Chaires Blaise Pascal, Ile de France, 2006
Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Professor, 2010

Thomas Witten

Fellow, American Physical Society, 1988
Polymer Physics Prize, American Physical Society, 2002
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2002
Homer J. Livingston Professor, 2007
Lorentz Professor, University of Leiden, 2010             

S. Courtenay Wright

Fellow, American Physical Society

Wendy Zhang

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 2006

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