Randall Receives Two Awards

March 30, 2017
image of Prof. Lisa Randall

Photograph by Rose Lincoln

Two awards celebrate Professor Lisa Randall as a humanist and distinguished scientist: the Harvard Humanist Award and Simons Fellowship in Theoretical Physics.

The Humanist Community at Harvard and the Humanist Hub give an annual "Harvard Humanist Award," a lifetime achievement award for humanism in culture (also nicknamed "the Rushdie Award" after its first recipient, Sir Salman Rushdie, in 2007). According to Greg Epstein, Humanist Chaplain at Harvard, Randall's books Knocking on Heaven's Door and Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs "exemplify some of the values of humanism and our community: inspiration, academic rigor, authenticity, creativity, and beauty of science in our lives."

Simons Fellowship in Theoretical Physics, by the Simons Foundation, is awarded to distinguished theoretical physicists based on their scientific accomplishments in the five-year period preceding the application and on the potential scientific impact of the work to be done during the leave period. It enables research leaves for accomplished scientists by providing time away from classroom teaching and academic administration.