1 December 2020

Paul J. Steinhardt is awarded the Niels Bohr Institute Medal of Honor

Paul J. SteinhardtEstablished in 2010 to mark the 125th anniversary of the birth of Niels Bohr, the Niels Bohr Institute Medal of Honor is awarded every year to a particularly outstanding scientist working in the spirit of Niels Bohr. This year the medal is awarded to Paul J. Steinhardt for his seminal and creative contributions to a remarkably wide range of subjects within the natural sciences, for his tireless advocacy of the unity of sciences, for his critical reconsideration of every scientific hypothesis that is not backed by experimental evidence, and for his remarkable skills of conveying to the public the excitement of scientific discovery.

Paul Steinhardt is Albert Einstein Professor in Science at Princeton University where he is on the faculty of both the Department of Physics and the Department of Astrophysical Sciences. He received his BSc from Caltech in 1974 and his PhD in Physics from Harvard University in 1978.He was Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows until 1981 and he was on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania from 1981 to 1998, at which point he accepted a Professorship at Princeton University. Paul Steinhardt was founding Director of Princeton's Center for Theoretical Science 2007-2019. Often a visitor to the Niels Bohr Institute, Paul Steinhardt has served for a number of years as a very active and influential member of the International Science Advisory Board of Niels Bohr International Academy.