Leo Szilard Lectureship Award
Date1974 (1974)
Presented byAmerican Physical Society

The Leo Szilard Lectureship Award (originally called the Leo Szilard Award)[1] is given annually by the American Physical Society (APS) for "outstanding accomplishments by physicists in promoting the use of physics for the benefit of society".[2] It is given internationally in commemoration of physicist Leo Szilard.[1][3]

"In the year's of Szilard's life and activity it became clearer than ever before how great the responsibility of scientists is to the society. And, to a large extent, it is due to Szilard that this awareness began to spread in the scientific community." - Andrei Sakharov[3]

It is often awarded to physicists early in their careers who are active in areas such as environmental issues, arms control, or science policy. As of 2015 the recipient is given $3,000 plus $2,000 travel expenses and is expected to lecture at an APS meeting and at educational or research laboratories, to promote awareness of their activities.[2]


The award is given yearly and was first presented in 1974.[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Leo Szilard Lectureship Award is Funded". APS News. American Physical Society. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Leo Szilard Lectureship Award". American Physical Society. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Sakharov, Andrei (1983). "A message from Gorky". Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. 39 (6): 2. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Pavel Podvig receives Szilard Award". Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. April 21, 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Physicists Share American Physical Society's 2014 Leo Szilard Award". MacArthur Foundation. October 22, 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  6. ^ Chen, Allan. "Ashok Gadgil, Director of Environmental Energy Technologies Division, to Receive the 2015 APS Szilard Award". Energy Technologies Area, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  7. ^ Stephens, Tim (October 22, 2015). "Physicist Joel Primack honored by American Physical Society". University of California, Santa Cruz.
  8. ^ 2016 Leo Szilard Lectureship Award Recipient