AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXXV , No. 2, Fall 2003

George Uhlenbeck and Abraham Pais

George Uhlenbeck and Abraham Pais working on a paper together. Photo courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Uhlenbeck Collection.

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Abraham Pais Award for the History of Physics Established

The American Physical Society (APS) through its Forum on the History of Physics and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) through its Center for History of Physics have established an award to recognize outstanding scholarly achievements in the history of physics, named after the late physicist and historian Abraham Pais. The Forum and Center have achieved the initial fundraising goal of $100,000 to endow the Award; it is hoped to increase this endowment. To be given annually starting in 2005, the Award will consist of $5,000 and a certificate citing the contributions of the recipient, plus an allowance for travel to an APS meeting to receive the award and deliver an invited lecture on the history of physics.

The Award fund will be administered by APS through a five-member selection committee which will include an AIP representative. Information on selection criteria, and guidelines for nominators, are posted on the Web at

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