Sackler Prize

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The Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize is a $40,000 prize in the disciplines of either physics or chemistry awarded by Tel Aviv University each year for young scientists who have made outstanding and fundamental contributions in their fields.[1] It was created through the generosity of Dr. Raymond Sackler and his wife, Mrs. Beverly Sackler.

There is an age limit for all nominees. Nominations for the Sackler Prize can be made by individuals in any of the following categories: 1) Faculty of Physics, Astronomy or Chemistry departments in institutions of higher learning worldwide. 2) Presidents, Rectors, Vice-Presidents, Provosts and Deans, of institutions of higher learning worldwide. 3) Directors of laboratories worldwide. 4) Sackler Prize laureates.

The 2005 prize was shared jointly by Professor Christoph Dellago of the University of Vienna, Dr. Christopher Jarzynski of Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Professor David Reichman of Columbia University, for their ground breaking developments in statistical mechanics and seminal contributions to the dynamics of disordered condensed matter.

The 2006 joint winners were Professor Yuri Kovchegov of Ohio State University, for his work in quantum chromodynamics at very high energies and gluon densities, and Professor Thomas Glasmacher of Michigan State University, for developing new sensitive methods of studying nuclear structure, utilizing Coulomb excitation with fast beams of rare isotopes.

The 2007 joint winners were Professor Clare M. Waterman-Storer and Professor Frank Jülicher.

Xiaoliang Sunney Xie (2003), Juan Maldacena and Michael R. Douglas have also won this prize.

For 2008, the age limit has been raised to 45 and the prize money to $50,000.[2]

There is also a Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in Music Composition, the purpose of which is to provide financial support for the creation of new musical works, and which is administered by the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut. Begun in 2002, the international award offers a substantial recognition including public performances, recordings, and a prize of $25,000 (USD). The 2015 winner was David Dzubay.


  1. ^ "MSU cyclotron physicist honored with Sackler Prize". Michigan State University. 2006-05-04. Retrieved 2008-03-09. 
  2. ^ "Tel Aviv University - Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences (Physics) - Call for Nominations". Duke University. 2008-01-09. Retrieved 2008-03-09. 

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