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Since 1886, the National Academy of Sciences has honored outstanding achievement in the physical, biological, and social sciences through its awards program.


  • NAS Awards Scheduled for Presentation in 2019
    The NAS will present 18 awards in 2019, recognizing extraordinary scientific achievements in a wide range of fields spanning the physical, biological, and medical sciences. Nominations must be submitted online by Monday, October 1, 2018.  Read more»

Featured Award

Comstock Prize in Physics

The Comstock Prize in Physics awarded to recognize a North American resident for a recent innovative discovery or investigation in electricity, magnetism, or radiant energy. The award, presented with a $50,000 prize and $50,000 to support the recipient's research, will be presented in 2019. Established through the Cyrus B. Comstock Fund.

Deborah S. Jin, a physicist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, professor adjunct in the department of physics at the University of Colorado, and a fellow of the JILA, recieved the 2014 Comstock Prize in Physics. Jin was honored for landmark experiments that demonstrated quantum degeneracy and the formation of a molecular Bose-Einstein condensate in fermionic atomic gases cooled to less than 100 billionths of a degree above zero using magnetic traps and lasers.

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