Roger Blandford, professor of physics, has been awarded the 2016 Crafoord prizes in astronomy from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
He is being honored for the development of theories that help researchers better understand nature’s fundamental particles and forces.
Researchers are searching for a quantum theory of gravity that could help answer fundamental questions about the universe, from the very first moments after the Big Bang to the physics of black holes.
The medal, which recognizes distinguished physicists for outstanding statesmanship in science, honors Quinn for her work in science education.
An all-day symposium recognized the professor emeritus for his many contributions to the scientific community, from pioneering synchrotron radiation research at SSRL to making science policies on Capitol Hill.
The American Physical Society has recognized both researchers for their leading role in SLAC’s BABAR experiment, which confirmed theorists’ description of how nature treats matter and antimatter differently.
The European Physical Society honors Bjorken’s theoretical work on the parton structure of the proton, which contributed to the development of a theory of the strong nuclear force.
Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have established the first endowed professorship in honor of Arthur Bienenstock.
Honored for early theoretical predictions that helped elucidate the nature of the strong force and the structure of the proton, he is still shaking things up today.
He’s known for exploring fundamental properties of novel materials on the nanoscale, and for developing new tools for the exploration.