Department News Archive: Faculty Awards


Eugene Demler
Philip Kim
Mikhail Lukin
Hongkun Park
Ashvin Vishwanath
David Weitz
Amir Yacoby
Xiaowei Zhuang

Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers 2018  
Cora Dvorkin Department of Energy Early Career Award  
Johnn Huth Star Family Prize for Excellence in Concentration Advising  
Daniel Jafferis 2019 New Horizons In Physics Prize For fundamental insights about quantum information, quantum field theory, and gravity.
Matteo Mitrano (joining Harvard Physics faculty in July 2020)

2019 LCLS Young Investigator Award of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Julia Mundy

George E. Valley, Jr. Prize

for the pico-engineering and synthesis of the first room-temperature magnetoelectric multi-ferroic material.
Kang-Kuen Ni I.I. Rabi Prize in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics For seminal work on ultracold molecules, including original contributions to the understanding of chemical reactions in the quantum regime, deterministic creation of individual molecules with optical tweezers, and development of novel, high-precision techniques to interrogate and control the complete set of internal molecular resources.
Lisa Randall J. J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics For creative contributions to physics beyond the Standard Model, in particular the discovery that warped extra dimensions of space can solve the hierarchy puzzle, which has had a tremendous impact on searches at the Large Hadron Collider.
Subir Sachdev American Academy of Arts and Sciences  
Amir Yacoby National Academy of Sciences  
Xiaowei Zhuang 2019 Breakthrough Prize In Life Sciences for discovering hidden structures in cells by developing super-resolution imaging – a method that transcends the fundamental spatial resolution limit of light microscopy.
Xiaowei Zhuang NAS Award for Scientific Discovery for pioneering contributions to super-resolution imaging and genomic-scale imaging methods.


Eugene Demler
Philip Kim
Mikhail Lukin
Ashvin Vishwanath
Amir Yacoby
Xiaowei Zhuang
Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers 2017  
Cora Dvorkin 2018-2019 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study  
Cora Dvorkin Scientist of the Year, The Harvard Foundation for her "siginificant contributions to the field of physics and cosmology and for [...] engagement with students on Harvard College’s campus."
Cora Dvorkin Star Family Challenge for Promising Scientific Research Award  
Peter Galison Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics (APS) for his "outstanding contributions to the history of physics, especially for elucidating the complicated roles of experiment, instrumentation, and theory in the production of scientific knowledge, and for sharing his insights via award-winning scholarship, generous mentoring, and innovative filmmaking."
Bertrand Halperin APS 2019 Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research "for his seminal contributions to theoretical condensed matter physics, especially his pioneering work on the role of topology in both classical and quantum systems"
Arthur Jaffe Distinguished Visiting Professor, Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences:  
Daniel Jafferis 2019 New Horizons Prize In Physics For fundamental insights about quantum information, quantum field theory, and gravity.
Philip Kim 2018 Caterina Tomassoni and Felice Pietro Chisesi Prize For his pioneering experiments on quantum transport in carbon nanotubes and graphene which opened new perspectives in the study of physical properties of materials at the nanoscale.
Julia Mundy

Moore Fellow in Materials Synthesis

Kang-Kuen Ni Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award for "young faculty [who have] created an outstanding independent body of scholarship and are deeply committed to education."
Mikhail Lukin National Academy of Sciences  
Lisa Randall Guggenheim Fellowship  
Subir Sachdev ICTP Dirac Medal 2018 for his contribution "toward understanding novel phases in strongly interacting many-body systems, introducing original cross-disciplinary techniques.."
Subir Sachdev Lars Onsager Prize "for his seminal contributions to the theory of quantum phase transitions, quantum magnetism, and fractionalized spin liquids, and for his leadership in the physics community."
Xiaowei Zhuang 2019 Breakthrough Prize In Life Sciences For discovering hidden structures in cells by developing super-resolution imaging – a method that transcends the fundamental spatial resolution limit of light microscopy.
Xiaowei Zhuang The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics "for her groundbreaking work on developing high-resolution imaging methods and their use in investigating a variety of fundamental biological problems."


Markus Greiner APS Fellowship For pioneering contributions to realization and probing strongly correlated quantum matter using ultracold atoms in optical lattices.
Arthur Jaffe Simons Visiting Fellow at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences  
John Kovac Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)  
Mikhail Lukin Willis Lamb Award for Quantum Optics and Laser Science  
Lisa Randall Harvard Humanist Award, a lifetime achievement award for humanism in culture by The Humanist Community at Harvard and the Humanist Hub Randall's books "exemplify some of the values of humanism and our community: inspiration, academic rigor, authenticity, creativity, and beauty of science in our lives."
Lisa Randall Simons Fellow in Theoretical Physics  
Andrew Strominger &
Cumrun Vafa
2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics "For transformative advances in quantum field theory, string theory, and quantum gravity."
Cumrun Vafa 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor Ellis Island Medals of Honor that are presented each year on historic Ellis Island to a select group of individuals whose accomplishments in their field and inspired service to our nation are cause for celebration.
Susanne Yelin APS Fellowship For pioneering theoretical work with quantum coherences, such as near-resonant nonlinear quantum optics, for work with hybrid systems, such as molecular and solid state materials, and for work with many-body and cooperative systems and super-radiance.


Howard Georgi

2016 DPF Mentoring Award, APS Division of Particles and Fields

"For his unique dedication to mentoring and supporting a large and diverse community of students and post doctoral fellows, whose creative theoretical endeavors have had an enormous impact on particle physics as well as the larger scientific community. "

L. Mahadevan 2016 Royal Society of London Fellowship  
Kang-Kuen Ni Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering funds the research programs of innovative early-career scientists and engineers for five years.
Lisa Randall Julius Wess Award, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany  
Andrew Strominger Simons Fellow in Theoretical Physics  
Andrew Strominger &
Cumrun Vafa
Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics to "recognize outstanding publications in the field of mathematical physics"
Ashvin Vishwanath 2016 EPS CMD Europhysics Prize "for the theoretical prediction, the experimental discovery and the theoretical analysis of a magnetic skyrmion phase in MnSi, a new state of matter."
David Weitz National Academy of Engineering "For discoveries of complex fluids, colloids, and emulsions, which have resulted in new products and companies."


Eugene Demler 'Distinguished Scholar' at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics "for his outstanding theoretical research in condensed matter and ultracold atom physics"
Eugene Demler Simons Fellow in Theoretical Physics  
Eugene Demler Carl Friedrich Siemens Research Award  
Michael Desai 2015 Simons Investigator in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems  
Cora Dvorkin Shutzer Assistant Professorship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, 2015-2018  
Douglas Finkbeiner APS Fellowship "For work as one of the world’s leading practitioners of ‘big data’ science, exploiting the entire electromagnetic spectrum, from radio waves to gamma rays, with rigorous attention to the underlying physics of what are often complex phenomena"
Gene Golovchenko Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching  
Markus Greiner Blavatnik National Award  
Eric Heller 2015 Gutzwiller Scholar, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems  
Jenny Hoffman Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Materials and Devices Based on Oxide Heterostructures  
Arthur Jaffe 2015 Friedrich Hirzebruch Lecturer, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics  
Mikhail Lukin 2015 Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics '"for his inspiring contributions at the scientific interface of quantum optics and nanophotonics"
Eric Mazur Elected Vice President of OSA, 2015  
Kang-Kuen Ni AFOSR Young Investigator Program Award  
Kang-Kuen Ni 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics  
Lisa Randall Museum of Science Walker Prize  
Subir Sachdev Dirac Medal for the Advancement of Theoretical Physics (UNSW)  
Christopher Stubbs 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics as a member of the High-Z Supernova Search Team which, together with the the Supernova Cosmology Project, won "for the most unexpected discovery that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, rather than slowing as had been long assumed"
Amir Yacoby AAAS Fellow  
Xiaowei Zhuang National Academy of Science Award in Molecular Biology "for the development of a high-resolution microscopy method (STORM) that allows molecular-scale resolution, by bypassing the ‘diffraction limit’ that has long shackled light microscopy. In addition, she developed the photo-switchable fluorescent dyes that have made this method a powerful and critical tool in many areas of biological research and neuroscience."


Howard Berg Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics "for pioneering contributions to understanding the physical mechanisms of bacterial motion and chemotaxis"
Adam Cohen Blavatnik National Award  
Eugene Demler &
Subir Sachdev
Moore Foundation Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems Theory Research Grant  
Douglas Finkbeiner Rossi prize for "discovery, in gamma rays, of the large unanticipated Galactic structure called the 'Fermi Bubbles’"
Jenny Hoffman,
Philip Kim &
Amir Yacoby
Moore Experimental Investigators in Quantum Materials Award  
Daniel Jafferis 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics  
Philip Kim Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize  
Mikhail Lukin Distinguished Former Student Award, Texas A&M University  
L. Mahadevan 2014-2015 Radcliffe Fellowship  
Eric Mazur Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education.  
Eric Mazur "Foreign Member" of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities  
David Nelson 2014-2015 Radcliffe Fellowship  
Kang-Kuen Ni Outstanding Young Researcher Award (Organization of Chinese Physicists and Astronomers)  
Subir Sachdev Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Salam Distinguished Lecturer  
Subir Sachdev National Academy of Sciences  
Aravi Samuel Early Concept Grant by the NFS for Exploratory Research (EAGER) "to enable new technologies to better understand how complex behaviors emerge from the activity of brain circuits"
Andrew Strominger Dirac Medal (ICTP) for his "crucial contributions to the origin, development and further understanding of string theory"
Andrew Strominger Oskar Klein Medal  


Jacob Barandes Phi Beta Kappa Excellence in Teaching Award  
Adam Cohen Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator  
Gerald Gabrielse The Texas A&M University Trotter Prize in Information, Complexity and Inference  
Markus Greiner Junion BEC Award "for the development of a technique for imaging two-dimensional quantum gases in optical lattices with single-atom resolution"
Markus Greiner Moore Foundation Measuring Quantum Entanglement Entropy in Synthetic Quantum Matter Award  
Markus Greiner I. I. Rabi Prize in Atomic, Molecular or Optical Physics (APS) for "seminal contributions to the field of ultracold atoms, including the observation of the superfluid-to-Mott-insulator transition, the study of the BEC-BCS cross over for fermions, and the development of imaging techniques for atoms in optical lattices with single-atom resolution"
Eric Heller American Philosophical Society membership  
Jenny Hoffman 2013-2014 Radcliffe Fellow  
Mikhail Lukin AAAS Fellow  
Mikhail Lukin Karl Friedrich Bonhoeffer Lectureship, Max Planck Institute  
Eric Mazur International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL) Lifetime Achievement Award  
Lisa Randall Scientist of the Year Award (Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations)  
Irwin Shapiro Einstein Prize (APS)  
Andrew Strominger &
Cumrun Vafa
Physics Frontiers Prize (Fundamental Physics Prize Committee) for "numerous deep and groundbreaking contributions to quantum field theory, quantum gravity, string theory and geometry"
Richard Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award (Atlantic Legal Foundation) With Prof. Wilson's help, the Foundation developed a procedure of submitting a brief amicus curiae on behalf of distinguished scientists, often Nobel prize winners, "in... cases where an expert witness abused his privilege and used 'junk science'".
Susanne Yelin Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics  
Xi Yin Simons Investigator (Simons Foundation)  
Xi Yin Sloan Research Fellowship (Alfred P. Sloan Foundation)  


Eugene Demler APS Fellowship  
Lene Hau APS Fellowship  
Lene Hau Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate  
Jenny Hoffman Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching  
Jenny Hoffman Roslyn Abramson Award "for outstanding undergraduate teaching"
Mikhail Lukin AAAS Fellowship  
David Morin Phi Beta Kappa Excellence in Teaching Award  
Lisa Randall Andrew Gemant Award  
Lisa Randall Harvard's Great Teacher  
Lisa Randall member, European Academy of Sciences and Arts  
Richard Wilson Andrei Sakharov Prize  
Richard Wilson Distinguished Educator Award (Society for Risk Analysis)  
Amir Yacoby APS Fellowship  
Xiaowei Zhuang APS Fellowship  
Xiaowei Zhuang AAAS Fellowship  
Xiaowei Zhuang member, National Academy of Sciences  


Gerald Gabrielse Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize  
Markus Greiner McArthur Genius Grant  
Lene Hau Carlsberg Foundation Research Award (Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters)  
Mikhail Lukin APS Fellowship  
Vinothan Manoharan Sloan Fellowship  


Lene Hau National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship (U.S. Department of Defense)  
Lene Hau "World Dane 2010" ("Verdensdansker 2010", global network Danes Worldwide)  
Lisa Randal Membership, American Philosophical Society  
Lisa Randall Honorary Fellow (IoP)  
Lisa Randall Erna Hamburger Prize  
David Weitz Membership, American Academy of Arts & Sciences  
Xiaowei Zhuang Max Delbruck Prize in Biological Physics  


Howard Georgi Fellow, Association for Women in Science (AWIS)  
Lene Hau AAAS Fellow  
Lene Hau Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences  
Arthur Jaffe Honorary Members, Royal Irish Academy  
Mikhail Lukin 2009 I.I. Rabi Prize in Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics "for pioneering theoretical and experimental work at the interface between quantum optics, quantum information processing, and the quantum many body problem"
Lisa Randall Honorary Members, Royal Irish Academy  
Subir Sachdev visiting Distinguished Research Chair (Perimeter Institute)  
Christopher Stubbs Harvard College Professor "in recognition of [his] contributions to undergraduate teaching, advising, and mentoring"
Cumrun Vafa Member, National Academy of Sciences  


Nima Arkani-Hamed Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in the Physical Sciences  
Lene Hau George Ledlie Prize "for her path-breaking experiments with stopping and reviving light pulses"
Lene Hau Member, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences  
Gerald Holton Abraham Pais Prize (APS) in recognition of his "outstanding scholarly achievements in the history of physics"
Gerald Holton Order of Merit by the Republic of Austria (Österreichisches Ehrenzeichen für Wissenschaft und Kunst, I. Klasse)  
Eric Mazur Esther Hoffman Beller Medal (OSA) for "developing and globally disseminating the innovative teaching methodology now known as 'Peer Instruction', which promotes deeper understanding of the fundamentals of science"
Eric Mazur Fellow, OSA in recognition of his "pioneering contributions to optical waveguiding at the nanoscale level and to understanding the interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with materials"
Eric Mazur Robert A. Millikan Medal (American Association of Physics Teachers)  
Eric Mazur member, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen)  
Hongkun Park National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Awards  
Lisa Randall Member, National Academy of Sciences  
Aravinthan Samuel National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Awards  
Andrew Strominger &
Cumrun Vafa
Leonard Eisenbud Prize for Mathematics and Physics (American Mathematical Society)  
Cumrun Vafa Dirac Medal (ICTP)  
Richard Wilson Presidential Citations (American Nuclear Society)  


Melissa Franklin Spark Award The award was created this year by student group Women in Science at Harvard-Radcliffe (WISHR) to recognize women who have inspired the next generation of women in science.
Bertrand Halperin Dannie Heineman prize (Akadamie des Wissenschaften of Göttingen) "for [his] numerous outstanding contributions to statistical physics and condensed matter theory, especially dynamical critical phenomena and low dimensional electronic properties"
Lisa Randall Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize.  
Richard Wilson Dixy Lee Ray Award "for significant contributions to the scientific and engineering foundation of environmental protection, particularly methodology of risk assessment, risk assessment of specific pollutants, cancer assessment, risk assessment of nuclear power including nuclear waste, and ethics in environmental science and engineering"
Christopher Stubbs Gruber Cosmology Prize, shared with the members of the High-z Supernova Search team for the discovery that the universe's expansion is accelerating


Eugene Demler Gutenberg Lecture Award  
Eric Heller Member, National Academy of Sciences  
Mikhail Lukin,
Charles Marcus,
& Amir Yacoby
AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize  
Norman Ramsey Honorary Doctor of Science (Harvard) Read the Gazette story
Richard Wilson Premio Ettore Majorana Erice Scienza per la Pace "for his long-lasting involvement in 'The Spirit of Erice' and its promotion to people of different culture and various civilizations with remarkble success, thus allowing the new generations to envision the future with hope and confidence"


Gerald Gabrielse Alexander von Humboldt Research Award  
Howard Georgi Harvard College Professor read the Gazette story.
Roy J. Glauber Nobel Prize in Physics "for his contribution to the quantum theory of optical coherence." Prof. Glauber shares this prize with John L. Hall and Theodor W. Hansch.
Eric J. Heller Award in Theoretical Chemistry (American Chemical Society )  
Jenny Hoffman PECASE Award (Department of Defense) for "outstanding contributions to the understanding of electronic properties of high temperature superconductors, for making the first measurements to reveal the unusual electronic states in the vortex cores of these materials, and for exceptional teaching of undergraduate students"
Aravinthan Samuel Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for "developing experimental techniques at the interface of physics and biology to study neural systems in the nematode and other model organisms, and for promoting the use of biophysical techniques in the education and training of students"
Michael Tinkham Dr. Fred E. Saalfeld Award (Department of the Navy)  
Cumrun Vafa Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences  
Ronald Walsworth Francis M. Pipkin Award (APS) "for broad investigation in precision measurements involving masers; in particular, for using hydrogen and noble-gas masers in achieving record sensitivities to violations of Lorentz and CPT symmetry in neutrons and protons, and for innovative applications of masers to imaging"
Xiaowei Zhuang Investigator (Howard Hughes Medical Institute )