By Patricia McBride. The American Physical Society Division of Particles and Fields is pleased to announce the 2012 recipients of the DPF Prizes and Awards. The DPF 2012 Dissertation Award recipients will be announced at a later date. All 2012 Prize and Award recipients will be honored during the APS 2012 April Meeting which will be held in Atlanta from March 31 through April 3. http://www.aps.org/meetings/april/
2012 W. K. H. Panofsky Prize
The W. K. H. Panofsky Prize recognizes and encourages outstanding achievements in Experimental Particle Physics. The prize was established in 1985 by friends of W. K. H. Panofsky and the Division of Particles and Fields, Stanford University and SLAC.
The 2012 Panofsky Prize is awarded to William B. Atwood (University of California, Santa Cruz) for his leading work on the design, construction, and use of the Large Area Telescope on the Fermi Gamma-Ray Satellite, enabling numerous new results in gamma-ray astrophysics and fundamental physics.
2012 J. J. Sakurai Prize
The J. J. Sakurai Prize recognizes and encourages outstanding achievement in particle theory. This prize was endowed in 1984 as a memorial to and in recognition of the accomplishments of J. J. Sakurai by the family and friends of J. J. Sakurai.
The 2012 Sakurai Prize is awarded to Guido Altarelli (Universita’ di Roma Tre), Torbjorn Sjostrand (Lund University) and Bryan Webber (University of Cambridge) for key ideas leading to the detailed confirmation of the Standard Model of particle physics, enabling high energy experiments to extract precise information about quantum chromodynamics, electroweak interactions, and possible new physics.
2012 Robert R. Wilson Prize
The Robert R. Wilson Prize recognizes and encourages outstanding achievement in the physics of particle accelerators. The prize was established in 1986 by friends of Robert R. Wilson, the Division of Particles and Fields, and the Division of Physics of Beams.
The 2012 Robert R. Wilson Prize is awarded to John Madey (University of Hawaii, Manoa) for the invention and first experimental demonstration of the free electron laser and important contributions to its conceptual development.
2012 Henry Primakoff Award for Early Career Particle Physics
The Henry Primakoff Award for Early Career Particle Physics recognizes outstanding contributions made by physicists who are just beginning their careers, and to help promote the careers of exceptionally promising young physicists. The APS Division of Particles and Fields (DPF) established the award in 2011. The award is endowed by the Henry Primakoff Lecture Fund, created by members of the physics department at the University of Pennsylvania, where Henry Primakoff was a professor.
The 2012 Primakoff award goes to Daniel Jafferis (Harvard University) for the construction and study of three-dimensional supersymmetric quantum field theories.