Thermodynamics awards

In science, thermodynamics awards are prizes, medals, or awards given to researchers who significantly use thermodynamics to further or advance a given subject of study. [1] The Prigogine award, for instance, is given to individuals in systems ecology who have used Prigoginean thermodynamics in their theoretical developments. [2] These awards are listed below:


Rumford Medal (1800) – biennial award for outstanding scientific research, by a European, on heat or light.
Rumford Prize (1839) – biennial award for outstanding scientific research, by an American, on heat or light.
Nobel Prize (1901) – annual award given in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, or economics.
Gibbs Medal (1911) – annual award given to chemists that have enabled people to either live better or to understand the world better.
Boltzmann Medal (1975) – awarded once every three years to physicists who have advanced statistical mechanics.
James Harry Potter Gold Medal (1980) – annual award for achievement or service in the application of thermodynamics in mechanical engineering.
Prigogine Medal (2004) – annual award given to researchers in systems ecology.

Other connective awards include:

● Gilbert Newton Lewis Medal – for achievement in the theoretical aspects of chemistry; Linus Pauling won in 1951; possibly now defunct?
● Priestley Medal (1922) – yearly award for service in the field of chemistry; Frederick Rossini won in 1971.

By comparison, the great German physicist Rudolf Clausius, the base for all of the schools of thermodynamics, received the Huygens Medal (1870), the Copley Medal (1879), and the Poncelet Prize (1883).

See also
Clausius Medal (proposal)

1. (a) Willard Gibbs Award – Wikipedia.
(b) The Willard Gibbs Award – American Chemical Society.
(c) Rumford Prize – Wikipedia.
(d) Rumford Medal – Wikipedia.
(e) Boltzmann Medal – Wikipedia.
2. (a) Prigogine Awards – The Prigogine Lectures, University of Siena.
(b) Prigogine Award Ceremony – at the 2007 Urban Transport Conference, Wessex Institute of Technology.

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