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 January 31 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

2014 Gemant Award Winner

Sean CarrollThe 2014 Andrew Gemant Award is presented to Sean Carroll, a physicist at the California Institute of Technology, for extraordinary public outreach on particle physics and cosmology, as an educator, author, public lecturer, and consultant for TV and radio programs, and for his pioneering work communicating with a variety of international audiences using social networking. He has made significant contributions to science, has appeared on TV shows such as “The Colbert Report,” “NOVA” and “Through the Wormhole”, has written popular science books on the arrow of time and the Higgs boson, and regularly blogs at his site Preposterous Universe.

» Read the press release.

See past Gemant Award recipients.