JEWISH RECIPIENTS OF THE LARS ONSAGER PRIZE
IN STATISTICAL MECHANICS

(45 % of recipients)
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Listed below are recipients of the American Physical Society's Lars Onsager Prize who were, or are, Jewish or of Jewish descent.  This prize is generally considered to be one of the two most prestigious international awards in the field of theoretical statistical mechanics.
  • Michael Fisher (1995)
  • Robert Kraichnan (1997)
  • Leo Kadanoff (1998)
  • Michael Kosterlitz 1 (2000)
  • Bertrand Halperin (2001)
  • Pierre Hohenberg (2003)
  • Valery Pokrovsky (2005)
  • A. Brooks Harris 2 (2007)
  • Gordon Baym (2008)
  • Daniel Friedan (2010)
  • Stephen Shenker (2010)
  • Alexander Belavin 3 (2011)
  • Alexander Polyakov (2011)
  • Daniel Fisher 4 (2013)
  • Grigori Volovik (2014)
  • Natan Andrei (2017)
  • Lev Pitaevskii (2021)
NOTES
1. Son of the Jewish biochemist Hans Kosterlitz; see Anatomy of a Scientific Discovery, by Jeff Goldberg (Bantam, New York, 1988, pp. 11 and 111).
2. Jewish father.
3. Jewish father, Abram Moiseevich Rappoport.
4. Jewish father, physicist Michael Fisher.

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