Watch the APS interview with Gordon Baym, winner of 2021 APS Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research
American Physical Society
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Physics Professor Emeritus and Research Professor Gordon Baym has been presented with the largest research prize of the American Physical Society (APS), the 2021 Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research. This medal recognizes high-level research contributions that advance our knowledge and understanding of the physical universe. The medal comes with a $50,000 monetary award.
Baym is a theoretical physicist who uses quantum statistical mechanics to understand the laws governing matter under the most extreme conditions in the universe. His body of research spans nuclear physics, astrophysics, condensed matter physics, and the history of physics, and over the course of his career he has made a deep impact in each of these fields.
Here is a video the APS produced with interviews of the exceptional scientists who were honored with Medals and Society Prizes this year. Watch Baym's segment starting at 0:11:22.