The Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award is an annual prize presented by the American Physical Society in recognition of an outstanding contribution to physics research by a woman. It recognizes and enhances outstanding achievements by women physicists in the early years of their careers.[1]

The prize has been awarded since 1986 and is named after Maria Goeppert-Mayer, Nobel laureate in 1963 with J. Hans D. Jensen and Eugene Paul Wigner. Goeppert-Mayer and Jensen were awarded their prize "for their discovery of the nuclear shell structure". Goeppert-Mayer was the second woman to receive a Nobel prize in physics after Marie Curie.[1][2][3]



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  1. ^ a b "Maria Goeppert Mayer Award". American Physical Society. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  2. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physics 1963". Retrieved 2023-10-07.
  3. ^ "August 1948: Maria Goeppert Mayer and the Nuclear Shell Model". Retrieved 2023-10-07.
  4. ^ Maria Goeppert Mayer Award, American Physical Society