Awards & Honors

A complete list of current Professorial and Research Faculty's achievements from 2005-2016

2016

Barry Barish - Recipient of the 2016 Enrico Fermi Prize of the Italian Physical Society for his "fundamental role in the first direct detection of gravitational waves and the discovery of binary black hole mergers"

Jamie Bock - Recipient of the 2016 American Astronomical Society Joseph Weber Award

Ronald Drever - Recipient of the 2016 Shaw Prize in Astronomy for conceiving and designing LIGO; Honored for his role in the foundation of LIGO, recipient of the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics recognizing the LIGO scientists and engineers who contributed to the detection of gravitational waves.

Fiona Harrison - Recipient of the 2016 Massey Award from the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)

Philip Hopkins - Recipient of the 2016 American Astronomical Society Helen B. Warner Prize 

Shri Kulkarni - Appointed as a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Science

Hirosi Ooguri - Elected as President of the Aspen Center for Physics; Elected as a fellow of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences; Recipient of the 2016 Chunichi Cultural Prize

Barry Simon - Awarded the 2016 Leroy Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement by the American Mathematical Society

Maria Spiropulu - Selected to serve on the U.S. Department of Energy and the NSF High Energy Physics Advisory Panel

Kip Thorne - Recipient of the 2016 Shaw Prize in Astronomy for conceiving and designing LIGO; Honored for his role in the foundation of LIGO, recipient of the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics recognizing the LIGO scientists and engineers who contributed to the detection of gravitational waves.

Rochus E. Vogt - Honored for his "important contributions" that lead to the success of LIGO, recipient of the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics recognizing the LIGO scientists and engineers who contributed to the detection of gravitational waves.

2015

Sean Carroll - Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Richard Ellis - 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics – member of the Supernova Cosmology Project Team; Awarded a Carnegie Centennial Professorship at the University of Edinburgh; Invited to give one of the Darwin Lectures at Cambridge

Gregg Hallinan - Recipient of a 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship

Fiona Harrison - Awarded the 2015 Rossi Prize by the American Astronomical Society (AAS); Awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Astronomical Society

David Hitlin - Awarded the 2016 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics from the American Physical Society

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awarded the 2016 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics from the American Physical Society - See more at: http://www.pma.caltech.edu/content/hitlin-awarded-prestigious-prize-part...
awarded the 2016 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics from the American Physical Society - See more at: http://www.pma.caltech.edu/content/hitlin-awarded-prestigious-prize-part...
awarded the 2016 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics from the American Physical Society - See more at: http://www.pma.caltech.edu/content/hitlin-awarded-prestigious-prize-part...
awarded the 2016 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics from the American Physical Society - See more at: http://www.pma.caltech.edu/content/hitlin-awarded-prestigious-prize-part...
awarded the 2016 W.K.H. Panofsky Prize in Experimental Particle Physics from the American Physical Society - See more at: http://www.pma.caltech.edu/content/hitlin-awarded-prestigious-prize-part...

David Hsieh - Awarded a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering; Recipient of 2014-2015 Associated Students of the California Institute of Technology (ASCIT) Teaching Award

Nets Katz - Recipient of the 2015 Clay Research Award with his collaborator, Larry Guth

Alexei Kitaev - Awarded the ICTP (Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics) 2015 Dirac Medal and Prize; Named a 2015 Simons Investigator in Physics  

Shri Kulkarni - Awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Nick Scoville - Awarded the 2015 Karl G. Jansky Lectureship

Barry Simon - Awarded the International János Bolyai Prize of Mathematics for 2015

Maria Spiropulu - Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, Division of Particle & Fields

Kip Thorne - Recipient of a 2015 Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award

Xinwen Zhu - Recipient of a 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship

2014

Jamie Bock - Recipient of the 2014 SPIE George W. Goddard Award; Awarded NASA Distinguished Service Medal

Sean Carroll - Awarded the 2014 Andrew Geman Award from the American Institute of Physics

Clifford Cheung - 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics

George Djorgovski - Invited to give the Walker L. Cisler Memorial Lecture at Lawrence Technological University; Elected to the rank of AAAS Fellow

Steve Frautschi - Awarded the Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching 2013-2014

Fiona Harrison - Elected Member of American Academy of Arts & Sciences; Member, National Academy of Sciences; Invited to give the 2014 Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin Lecture at Harvard University

Philip Hopkins - 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics

David Hsieh - 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics

Jeff Kimble - MPQ Distinguished Scholar at the Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik

Shri Kulkarni - Awarded Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship

Vlad Markovic - Elected, Fellow of the Royal Society

Chris Martin - Awarded NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal

Hirosi Ooguri - Awarded the 30th Kodansha Prize for Science Books

Tom Phillips - Awarded Doctor Honoris Causa by the l'Observatoire de Paris

John Preskill - Member, National Academy of Sciences

Tony Readhead - Invited to give the 2014 Hewish Lecture at Cambridge University

Michael Roukes - Invited to give the Niels Bohr Lecture at the University of Copenhagen

John Schwarz - 2014 recipient of the Physics Frontiers Prize of the Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation; Co-recipient of the 2014 Fundamental Physics Prize; Invited to give the Della Pietra Lectures at the Simons Center for Geometry & Physics at Stony Brook University

Barry Simon - Invited to give the 2015 Raymond & Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture at the Niels Bohr International Academy

Ed Stone - Leonardo Da Vinci Sapere Vedere Award for 2014 by the Engineers' Council; American Astronautical Society's Lifetime Achievement Award

Jonas Zmuidzinas - Invited to be the E. W. Guptill Lecturer for 2013-14 at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2013

Sean Carroll - 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books

Clifford Cheung - DOE Early Career Research Award

Fiona Harrison - Named the Benjamin M. Rosen Professor of Physics & Astronomy; NASA Outstanding Public Leadership Medal

Alexei Kitaev - Named the Ronald & Maxine Linde Professor of Theoretical Physics & Mathematics

Nikolai Makarov - Named the Richard Merkin Distinguished Professor of Mathematics

Matilde Marcolli - Distinguished Visiting Research Chair at the Perimeter Institute

Vladimir Markovic - John D. MacArthur Professor of Mathematics

Ryan Patterson - Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow

Anthony Readhead - Named the Robinson Professor of Astronomy

Michael Roukes - Awarded the Palmes Académiques Medal (Order of the Academic Palms); Awarded rank of Chevalier (Knight) in the Ordre de Palmes Académiques

Anneila Sargent - Named the Ira S. Bowen Professor of Astronomy

Barry Simon - Doctor Honoris Causa, Ludwing-Maximilians-Universität Munchen

Ed Stone - Awarded the 2013 O'Ceallaigh Medal; awarded 2013 Howard Hughes Memorial Award by the Aero Club of Southern California

2012

Tom Apostol - Named Member of the Inaugural Class of Fellows of the AMS

Michael Aschbacher - Co-Recipient of the 2012 Wolf Prize in Mathematics; 2012 Leroy P. Steel Prize for Mathematical Exposition, American Mathematics Society; Named Member of the Inaugural Class of Fellows of the AMS

David Hsieh - 2012 William L. McMillan Award

Anton Kapustin - Named the Earle C. Anthony Professor of Theoretical Physics & Mathematics

Alexander Kechris - Named Member of the Inaugural Class of Fellows of the AMS

Jeff Kimble - Herbert Walther Award

Alexei Kitaev - One of the 9 recipients of the Fundamental Physics Prize

Shri Kulkarni - Awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Indian Academy of Science

Wilhelmus Luxemburg - Named Member of the Inaugural Class of Fellows of the AMS

Vlad Markovic - 2012 Clay Research Award, co-recipient

Yi Ni - Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow

Hirosi Ooguri - Simons Investigator; named Member of the Inaugural Class of Fellows of the AMS

Christian Ott - Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow

Dinakar Ramakrishnan - Named Member of the Inaugural Class of Fellows of the AMS

Barry Simon - Co-recipient of the 2012 Henri Poincare Prize; named Member of the Inaugural Class of Fellows of the AMS

Kip Thorne - 2012 AAPT John David Jackson Excellence in Graduate Physics Education Award

2011

Michael Aschbacher - Rolf Schock Prize in Mathematics

Judy Cohen - 2011 Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin Distinguished Lecturer

Richard Ellis - Gold Medal of the Royal Society

Hirosi Ooguri - Chosen to deliver a special lecture at the Annual Assembly of RIKEN Laboratory, Japan

Ryan Patterson - Professor of the Month by the Academic & Research Committee

David Politzer - Elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

John Preskill - Named the 2011 Aisenstadt Chair at the Center de Recherches Mathe'matiques in Montreal

Ed Stone - 2011 Goddard Astronautics Award, American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics

2010

Tom Apostol - 2010 Lester Ford Award

Sean Carroll - Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society

Richard Ellis - 2010 Oort Professor at University of Leiden

Fiona Harrison - Honorary degree of "Doctor Technices Honoris Causa" Danmarks Tekniske Universitet

Ken Libbrecht - 2010 Lennart Nilsson Award

Gerry Neugebauer - 2010 C. W. Bruce Gold Medal

Chuck Steidel - 2010 Cosmology Prize of the Peter & Patricia Gruber Foundation

Kip Thorne - 2010 Scott Lecturer at Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University; UNESCO Niels Bohr Gold Medal

2009

Brad Filippone - Named a fellow of the American Physical Society

Anton Kapustin - Invited to address the International Congress of Mathematicians

Ken Libbrecht - 2009 Emile Chamot Award, State Microscopical Society of Illinois

Matilde Marcolli - Invited to address the International Congress of Mathematicians    

Harvey Newman - 2009 Internet2 IDEA Award for the EVO Application, shared with his team

Hirosi Ooguri - Nishina Memorial Prize

John Preskill - 2009 Welsh Lecturer, University of Toronto

Eric Rains - Invited to address the International Congress of Mathematicians

Tony Readhead - 2009 Jansky Lecturer

Gil Refael - Awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship

Maria Spiropulu - Elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Kip Thorne - 2009 Einstein Medal; Lorentz Professor at University of Leiden

Mark Wise - Distinguished Research Chair at Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

2008

George Djorgovski - 1st prize Boeing-Griffith Science Writing Contest

Fiona Harrison - Selected by US News as one of America's top 24 Leaders for 2008

Alexei Kitaev - Named a MacArthur Fellow

Harvey Newman - CENIC 2008 Innovations in Networking Award in Experimental/ Developmental Applications for the Ultralight Project, co-recipient; Elected fellow of the American Physical Society

Hirosi Ooguri - Inaugural Leonard Eisenbud Prize for Mathematics and Physics, the American Mathematical Society; Takagi Lecturer, the Mathematical Society of Japan; Humboldt Research Award

Gil Refael - Named a Cottrell Scholar

Maarten Schmidt - One of the first recipients of the Kavli Prize

2007

Felix Boehm - Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Ron Drever - 2007 Einstein Prize of the American Physical Society

Jim Eisenstein - 2007 Oliver E. Buckley Prize in Condensed Matter, the American Physical Society

Richard Ellis - Inaugural John Bahcall Distinguished Professor at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore; 2007 Cosmology Prize of the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, member of team

Peter Goldreich - Shaw Prize in Astronomy

Jeff Kimble - Doctor Scientiarum Honoris Causa, University of Copenhagen

Shri Kulkarni - Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University

Harvey Newman - Doctor Honaris Causa, University Politehnica of Bucharest; Doctor Honaris Causa, Pavol Jozef Safarik University, Kosice, Slovakia

Tom Prince – Elected fellow of the American Physical Society

Dinakar Ramakrishnan - Named the 1st Taussky-Todd-Lonergan Professor of Mathematics

Anneila Sargent - Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science, University of Edinburgh

John Schwarz - Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Barry Simon - Wolfgang Wasow Memorial Lecturer at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ed Stone - Philip J. Klass Award for Lifetime Achievement, Aviation Week

Nai-Chang Yeh - Elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

2006

Barry Barish - Laurea ad Honorem in Physics by the Universite de Bologna

Peter Goldreich - Grande Medaille from the Academie des Sciences of the Institut de France

Sunil Golwala - DOE Outstanding Junior Investigator Award

Jeff Kimble - 2nd Hermann Antan Haus Lecture at MIT; Berthold Leibinger Zukunftspreis

John Preskill - Morris Loeb Lecturer in Physics at Harvard University

Anneila Sargent - Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Barry Simon - Fellowship from Wales Swansea; Milton Brockett Porter Lecturer at Rice University (2006-2007); van Winter Memorial Lecture in Mathematical Physics at University of Kentucky (2006-2007)

Ahmed Zewail - "Albert Einstein" World Award of Science by the World Council

2005

Rana Adhikari - LIGO Thesis Prize

Barry Barish - Heilborn Distinguished Lecturer at Northwestern University; Member of the American Academy of Arts & Science

Jim Eisenstein - Member of the National Academy of Sciences

Shri Kulkarni - Marker Lecturer at Pennsylvania State University; Biermann Lectureship

Chris Martin - Second NASA Public Service Medal

John Preskill - Rouse Ball Lecture; 2005 Lawrence C. Biedenharn Lecturer at the University of Texas, Austin

Anneila Sargent - 2005 Oort Professor in Leiden

Barry Simon - Member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Kip Thorne - Named as one of 5 honorees for the 2005 Common Wealth Awards of Distinguished Service

Ahmed Zewail - Grand Gold Medal from Komensky University in Slovakia; Honorary Degree from Tohoku University in Japan

Updated: 8-15-16