Fritz London Memorial Prize

Background Information and Previous Winners: 

The Fritz London Prize was created to recognize scientists who made outstanding contributions to the advances of the field of Low Temperature Physics. It is traditionally awarded in the first session of the International Low Temperature Conference, which is sponsored by the IUPAP (International Union of Pure and Applied Physics) and was first awarded in 1957.  The bylaws presently used by the Fritz London Prize committee were drafted in 1972 by John Bardeen, winner of two Nobel Prizes and of the '62 F. London Prize, and have been subsequently brought up to date.  A Charter of the Fritz London Prize has been drafted, and the present trustees are D.J. Gauthier, D.G. Haase and M.H.W. Chan. The Advisory Board members are: A. Goldman, M. Krusius, W. Ketterle, A. Ikushima, M.N. Cuthbert and G. Frossati.

The London Prize was first funded by grants from the A.D. Little Company that made the Collins helium liquefiers. The funding on a regular basis dates back to 1972 when John Bardeen gave his portion of the Nobel Prize to Duke University for an endowment, called "the Fritz London Fund."  This was to provide support for the annual Fritz London lecture and for the London Memorial Prize, to be awarded at each international LT meeting. In 1994, a second endowment was created at Duke University from a) the balance of funds remaining from the LT20 Conference in Oregon, remitted by Russell Donnelly, and b) a gift from Horst Meyer. This second endowment is called "Fritz London Prize endowment" and is solely intended for the London Prize. Further gifts to this endowment were made in 2000, 2006, 2009 and 2012 by the Organizers of the LT22, LT24, LT25 and LT26 Conferences in Helsinki (Finland), Orlando (Florida, USA) Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and Beijing (China).

Furthermore, Oxford Instruments Inc. in Abingdon, UK, has since 1996 made generous gifts in cash for all the London prizes.  

The nomination process for the 2023 London Prize has not begun. This page will be updated when the 2023 prize selection committee has been appointed

The previous winners of the Fritz London prize were :

1957 Nicholas Kürti

1960 Lev D. Landau

1962 John Bardeen

1964 David Shoenberg

1966 Cornelis J. Gorter

1968 William M. Fairbank

1970 Brian Josephson

1972 Alexei Abrikosov

1975 John Wheatley

1978 Guenter Ahlers, William McMillan, John M. Rowell

1981 John D. Reppy, Anthony J. Leggett, Isadore Rudnick

1984 Werner Buckel, Olli V. Lounasmaa, David J. Thouless

1987 K. Alex Müller&Johannes G. Bednorz, Jun Kondo, John Clarke

1990 Robert C. Dynes, Pierre C. Hohenberg, Anatoli I. Larkin

1993 Albert Schmid, Dennis Greywall, Horst Meyer

1996 Moses H.W. Chan, Carl Wieman, Eric A. Cornell

1999 Douglas F. Brewer, Matti Krusius, Wolfgang Ketterle

2002 Russell J. Donnelly, Walter N. Hardy, Allen M. Goldman

2005 Sébastien Balibar, J.C. Séamus Davis, Richard Packard

2008 Yuriy M. Bunkov, Vladimir V. Dmitriev, Igor A. Fomin

2011 Humphrey Maris, Hans Mooij, Gerd Schön

2014 Michel Devoret, John Martinis, Robert J. Schoelkopf

2017 William P. Halperin, Jeevak Parpia, James A. Sauls

2020 Frank Steglich, Valerii Vinokur, Qi-Kun Xue

2023 To be announced at LT-30