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wins Hans A. Bethe Prize from the American Physical Society
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Gordon
A. Baym, Center for Advanced Study Professor of Physics at the University
of Illinois, has been selected as the 2002 recipient of the Hans A.
Bethe Prize from the American Physical Society.
The prize, which recognizes Baym for "superb synthesis of fundamental
concepts which have provided an understanding of matter at extreme conditions,
ranging from crusts and interiors of neutron stars to matter at ultrahigh
temperature," will be presented April 22 at the APS meeting in
Baym joined the UI faculty in 1963. He earned his bachelors degree
in physics in 1956 from Cornell University, his masters in mathematics
in 1957 and his doctorate in physics in 1960, both from Harvard University.
Baym has been a leader in the study of matter under extreme conditions
in astrophysics and nuclear physics. He has made original, seminal contributions
to the understanding of neutron stars, relativistic effects in nuclear
physics, condensed matter physics, quantum fluids and Bose-Einstein
condensates. His work is characterized by a superb melding of basic
theoretical physics concepts, from condensed matter to nuclear to elementary
Baym is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (where he chaired
its Physics Section), the American Philosophical Society, and a fellow
of the APS, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American
Association for the Advancement of Science.