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Kakalios wins award for cultural contributions to physics

James Kakalios
James Kakalios
Richard Anderson

Professor James Kakalios won the 2016 American Institute of Physics (AIP) Gemant Award. Kakalios was recognized for his contributions to the popular understanding of physics. He is the author of books such as the "The Physics of Superheroes" and "The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics."

The award is the AIP's top prize for "significant contributions to the cultural, artistic or humanistic dimension of physics."

"We are thrilled to be able to give this award to Dr. Kakalios, who is an accomplished scientist, author and public speaker," said Catherine O'Riordan, chief operating officer at AIP. "Of all his notable achievements, both in and out of the laboratory, perhaps his greatest is to have inspired future generations to embrace science with passion.”

The award includes a cash prize of 5,000andagrantof- 3,000 to further the public communication of physics at an institution of the winner's choice. Kakalios has named as the recipient of the grant Franklin Middle School, an innovative public school in Richfield, Minnesota that serves a predominantly minority and high-poverty student body.

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