Andrew Gemant Award

About the Award

The Andrew Gemant Award recognizes the accomplishments of a person who has made significant contributions to the cultural, artistic, or humanistic dimension of physics given annually. The award is made possible by a bequest of Andrew Gemant to the American Institute of Physics.

The awardee receives a $5,000 cash award, designates an academic institution to receive a grant of $3,000 to further the public communication of physics, and is invited to deliver a public lecture in a suitable forum.

Nomination Process

Nominations with supporting material must be submitted by February 7 of each year.

A cover letter and the nominee's CV are required to complete the nomination. File requirements:  .pdf or MS Word .doc or .docx format. Files may not be larger than 100MB.

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The awardee is named by the AIP Governing Board during the annual spring meeting based on the recommendation of an outside Selection Committee appointed by the Institute's Board Chairman. The awardee is chosen based on contributions in one or more of the following areas:

  • Creative work in the arts and humanities that derives from a deep knowledge of and love for physics
  • The interpretation of physics to the public through such means as mass media presentations or public lectures
  • The enlightenment of physicists and the public regarding the history of physics or other cultural aspects of physics
  • Clear communication of physics to students who are learning physics as part of their general education

2013 Gemant Award Winner

Dr. Edwin C. KruppThe 2013 Andrew Gemant Award is presented to Dr. Edwin C. Krupp,  the director of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, who for more than 40 years and has brought the heavens to life through public outreach and education, planetarium shows, award-winning books and articles, television programs, exhibits, lectures and public events -- and whose outstanding archaeoastronomical research has explored the links between astronomy and ancient culture.

» Read the press release.

See past Gemant Award recipients.