Due to its unprofessional activities in the climate debate, I am not exactly a fan of the American Physical Society. But let me mention the new winners of some of its prizes that were announced today.
Most importantly for the TRF community, and this sentence was added one day after the blog post was originally written, the 2014 Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics was awarded to experimental physicist and TRF reader and commenter William A. Zajc, the chairman of Columbia University's physics department "[f]or his contributions to Relativistic Heavy-Ion Physics, in particular for his leading role in the PHENIX experiment, as well as for his seminal work on identical two-particle density interferometry as an experimental tool.". Congratulations, Bill!
The 2014 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics goes to Greg Moore (whom I know from Rutgers, an impressive physical mathematician),
"For eminent contributions to mathematical physics with a wide influence in many fields, ranging from string theory to supersymmetric gauge theory, conformal field theory, condensed matter physics and four-manifold theory."
The 2014 J.J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics goes to David Kosower, Lance Dixon, and Zwi Bern for their powerful new techniques streamlining the calculation of the QCD scattering amplitudes.
The 2014 Lars Onsager Prize winners are Grigory Volovik and Vladimir Mineev for "prediction of half-quantum vortices in superfluid He-3" using topological considerations.
Congratulations to the winners.
Incidentally, the 2013 Nobel prize in physics will be decided in 1 week from now. The theorists and experimenters linked to the Higgs boson are the likeliest options – but they may be snubbed, too.