24 October 2018

Helge Kragh

Abraham Pais Prize awarded to Helge Kragh

The American Physical Society (APS) has awarded the 2019 Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics to Helge Kragh. The prize recognizes outstanding scholarly achievements in the history of physics. It was established in 2005 by APS  through its Forum on the History of Physics (FHP) and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) through its Center for History of Physics (CHP). The prize is presented every year and includes an award of $10,000. Kragh will be awarded the prize at an APS meeting in Denver, 13–16 April 2019, where he will also give a lecture on the history of physics.

Former recipients of the prestigious prize include Martin Klein, John L. Heilbron, Max Jammer, Gerald Holton,  Russell McCormmach, and Silvan. S. Schweber.

The Niels Bohr Archive congratulates Helge Kragh on this important and well-deserved recognition of his scholarly work!

Helge Kragh is Professor emeritus at the Niels Bohr Institute of the University of Copenhagen and Associated Researcher at the Niels Bohr Archive.  He is a renowned historian of science and the author of numerous scholarly articles and books on the history of physics, cosmology, and chemistry, including An Introduction to the Historiography of Science (1989), Dirac: A Scientific Biography (1990), Cosmology and Controversy (1999), Quantum Generations: A History of Physics in the Twentieth Century (2002), and Conceptions of Cosmos: From Myths to the Accelerating Universe (2013). His most recent book is the first ever scientific biography of the Danish physicist Ludvig Lorenz (Ludvig Lorenz: A Nineteenth-Century Theoretical Physicist).