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Three win American Physical Society awards

American Physical Society, the professional society of physicists, announced in September that it will award honors to three Princeton faculty members, Boris Altshuler, Robert Socolow and John Wheeler.

Altshuler , a professor of physics, will receive the Oliver Buckley Prize "for fundamental contributions to the understanding of the quantum mechanics of electrons in random potentials and confined geometries, including pioneering work on the interplay of interactions and disorder." The award, which carries a $5,000 prize, was established in 1952 by Bell Laboratories in honor of one of its former presidents and will be bestowed at the Physical Society's March meeting in Austin, Texas.

Socolow , a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, will be awarded the Leo Szilard Lectureship Award "for leadership in establishing energy and environmental problems as legitimate research fields for physicists, and for demonstrating that these broadly defined problems can be addressed with the highest scientific standards." The award includes a $1,000 prize, plus $2,000 for travel expenses for lectures in the following year. The award was endowed in 1998 by donations from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Energy Foundation, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation and individuals. It will be given at the Physical Society's April meeting in Philadelphia.

Wheeler , the Joseph Henry Professor of Physics Emeritus, will receive the Einstein Prize jointly with Peter Bergmann of Syracuse University "for pioneering investigations in general relativity, including gravitational radiation, quantum gravity, black holes, space-time singularities and symmetries in Einstein's equations, and for their leadership and inspiration to generations of researchers in general relativity." The biennial prize, which includes $10,000, will be given at the Philadelphia meeting. It was established in 1999 by the Physical Society's Topical Group on Gravitation.

Detailed information about the awards is available at the American Physical Society Web site.

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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