2016 Major Awards for Fellows


2016 was a big year for two Fellows who garnered national and international honors. Here, in Part II, we look at Fellows who have received major awards and prizes.

Medals and Major Awards

Kip Thorne WF ’62 won numerous awards and prizes for the direct detection of gravitational waves with his colleagues Ronald Drever and Rainer Weiss. These include the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, the Gruber Prize in Cosmology, the Shaw Prize in Astronomy, and the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics.

Individually, Dr. Thorne received the Tomalla Prize, which is distributed about every three years for extraordinary contributions to general relativity and gravity, and the Georges Lemaître International Prize, which is awarded every other year by the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) to a “scientific personality who, through his/her academic career, has contributed most remarkably to the development and promotion of scientific knowledge in the fields of cosmology, astronomy, astrophysics, geophysics or space research.”

José A. Quiñonez PP ’93 was awarded a 2016 MacArthur “Genius Grant” for his work at Mission Asset Fund. (photo above left, courtesy the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

Other Notable Awards
Don Michael Randel WF ’62 was awarded the Academy of Arts and Sciences Founders Award. Established in 2005, this award honors individuals and institutions that have advanced the ideals of the founders of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. Recipients embody the spirit of the founders – a commitment to intellectual inquiry, leadership and active engagement.

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