AWARDS AND ORGANIZATIONS

Some of the major awards and organizations in the field of physics are explained in this section. Here you will learn about the some of the major awards scientists can earn.

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How does the Nobel Prize work?

We've all heard about this prestigious prize, but why is it such an honor, exactly? Learn the history and process of the awards and the winners, and see what makes the Nobel Prize such a distinguished accomplishment.

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  • Fermi Award
    Fermi Award

    Fermi Award (in full, Enrico Fermi Award), a tax-free award normally made once or twice a year by the U.S. See more »

  • Franklin Institute
    Franklin Institute

    Franklin Institute (in full: Franklin Institute Science Museum and Planetarium), a science and technology museum and planetarium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. See more »

  • International Council for Science
    International Council for Science

    International Council for Science, an organization for coordinating the work of international scientific bodies in the theoretical and applied sciences. See more »

  • National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
    National Academy of Sciences (NAS)

    National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the parent unit in a U.S. organization that promotes research in the behavioral, biological, physical, and social sciences in the United States. See more »

  • National Medal of Science
    National Medal of Science

    National Medal of Science, an annual award given to persons who have made, during their careers, outstanding contributions to the physical sciences, the biological sciences, mathematics, or engineering. See more »

  • Royal Institution of Great Britain
    Royal Institution of Great Britain

    Royal Institution of Great Britain, an institution in London for advancement of scientific research. See more »

  • Royal Society, The
    Royal Society, The

    Royal Society, The (in full: The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge), the oldest of British learned societies in the physical and natural sciences. See more »

  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
    Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

    Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, an honorary organization dedicated to research in the pure and applied sciences. See more »

  • Smithsonian Institution
    Smithsonian Institution

    Smithsonian Institution, the United States national museum. The Smithsonian occupies a number of buildings on the Mall and in other parts of Washington, D.C. See more »

  • Vetlesen Prize
    Vetlesen Prize

    Vetlesen Prize, a prize awarded every three years for "outstanding achievement in the sciences resulting in a clearer understanding of the earth, its history, or its relations to the universe." The Vetlesen Prize is intended to be the equivalent of a Nobel Prize for the field of geophysics. See more »

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