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 and is 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 Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.

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 100 MB.

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For more information
Brad Conrad
Director of SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma, Education
(301) 209-3111
bconrad [at]


The awardee is named by the AIP Board of Directores during the annual spring meeting based on the recommendation of an outside Selection Committee appointed by the Institute's Board Chair. 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

2018 Andrew Gemant Award Winner 2018 Andrew Gemant Award is presented to David Kaplan, Ph.D., "for his pioneering portrayal of particle physics as a human endeavor through the development of widely disseminated films and for writing, teaching, and public outreach that inspires the passion for discovery in the next generation.”

» Read the press release.

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