Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

UCLA Physical Sciences faculty are expanding the frontiers of human understanding in diverse fields. They are among the world's most distinguished scholars and scientists and have been awarded the highest possible honors for their remarkable contributions to scientific knowledge.

Nobel Laureates

Five out of six of UCLA's faculty Nobel Laureates hail from the Division of Physical Sciences. Paul Boyer, Donald J. Cram, and Willard F. Libby have been honored for their contributions to chemistry, and Julien S. Schwinger has been recognized for his discoveries in physics.

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California Scientists of the Year

Three scientists from the Division of Physical Sciences have been honored as California Scientist of the Year: John M. Dawson, Donald J. Cram, and Saul Weinstein.

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Presidential Early Career Award Winners

The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists in the early stages of their careers. In 2012, President Obama named Yuri Shprits as a recipient. Shprits was one of three UCLA awardees and one of 96 national awardees.

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Crafoord Prize Winners

In 2012, Andrea Ghez was honored with the Crafoord Prize in Astronomy and Terence Tao was honored with the Crafoord Prize in Mathematics. Presented by the Royal Swedish Academy, the Crafoord Prize is one of the world’s largest scientific prizes.

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Fields Medalist

Every four years, the International Congress of Mathematicians recognizes outstanding mathematical achievement and promise of future achievement with the Fields Medal.  UCLA Mathematician Terence Tao was named a Fields Medalist in 2006.

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Recipients of the National Medal of Science

UCLA's Division of Physical Sciences is proud to count seven recipients of the National Medal of Science among our faculty and former faculty members: Jacob Bjerknes, Richard Bernstein, Donald J. Cram, C. Kumar Patel, William Rubey, Julian Schwinger, and Saul Winstein. 

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Macarthur Fellows

Three scientists from UCLA's Division of Physical Sciences have been awarded MacArthur Fellowships for showing exceptional merit and promise of continued creative work: Andrea Ghez, Terence Tao, and Richard Turco. 

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Guggenheim Fellows

Often characterized as "mid-career" awards, Guggenheim Fellowships acknowledge men and women who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

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Sloan Fellows

The Sloan Research Fellowship honors the top 126 researchers in the nation. In 2013, chemist Anatassia Alexandrova and physicist Rahul Roy became Sloan Research Fellows.

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Members of the American Philosophical Society

Six Physical Sciences faculty members belong to the American Philosophical Society (APS), America's first learned society. The APS elects members who are truly top scholars in their fields to honor extraordinary academic accomplishments.

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Members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Twenty-six faculty in the Division of Physical Sciences are members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. These distinguished faculty are elected as leaders of their fields to contribute to the Academy's multidisciplinary policy research.

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Members of the National Academy of Sciences

Twenty-six members of the National Academy of Sciences call UCLA's Division of Physical Sciences home. Members contribute to groundbreaking reports that shape policy, inform the public, and advance scientific knowledge.

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Members of the Royal Society

The Royal Society is a fellowship of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. Fellowship is granted to those who have made substantial contributions to research and advancing understanding in their field of science, medicine or engineering. A lifetime distinction, fellowship in the Royal Society is one of the highest honors a scientist can receive.

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