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Stuewer wins Pais Prize

Roger Stuewer
Roger Stuewer

Roger Stuewer, Professor Emeritus in the School of Physics and Astronomy and the Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, has been awarded the 2013 Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics. The prize was established by the American Physical Society and American Institute of Physics to recognize and encourage outstanding contributions to the history of physics and is widely seen as the highest honor one can receive for work in the history of physics.

Professor Stuewer is the ninth recipient of this prestigious award. Professor Stuewer won, as the citation says, "for his pioneering historical studies of the photon concept and nuclear physics, and for his leadership in bringing physicists into writing the history of physics by helping to organize and develop supporting institutions and publications."

Professor Stuewer has written extensively about Nobel Laureate, Arthur Holly Compton, who did some of his early research at Minnesota in 1916-1917 that led him in late 1922 to provide conclusive evidence for Einstein's photons. He co-edits (with John S. Rigden) the journal "Physics in Perspective," which seeks to bridge the gap between physicists and nonphysicists, by allowing scientists to tell their own stories. He recently worked with Norton Hintz, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, on an autobiographical article for the journal.

The award will be presented to him in a special ceremonial session during the meeting of the American Physical Society in Denver, April 13-16, 2013. We congratulate Professor Stuewer on this remarkable achievement.

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