“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” –Albert Einstein

Block Award



In honor of their 80th birthdays in 2005, friends and family of Martin and Beate Block established this award. Martin Block is the founder of the winter conferences, the first of which was held in 1985. Beate volunteered many hours to launch winter meetings in the first years. She and Maggie DeWolf also formalized the public lectures and wrote and donated a cookbook to the Center to use as a fundraiser. Organizers of each winter conference choose a promising young physicist to receive the Block Award.

Recipients 2014

  • Elizabeth Schemm - Stanford University
  • Lucile Savary - University of California Santa Barbara
  • Yonit Hochberg - University of California Berkeley
  • Douglas Brumley - MIT
  • Chiara Spiniello - Max Planck Institute
  • Tomas Jochym-O'Connor - Institute for Quantum Computing
  • Fernando Brandão - University College London
  • Bartłomiej Czech - Stanford University

Recipients 2013

  • Andrew Nager - MIT
  • Cihan Kurter - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Matthew Kerr - Stanford University
  • Matthew Walker - Harvard University
  • Taritree Wongjirad - Duke University
  • Rebekah Dawson - Harvard University
  • Erik Petigura - University of California Berkeley
  • Philip Harris - CERN
  • Aaron Armbruster - University of Michigan

Recipients 2012

  • Cora Dvorkin - Institute for Advanced Study
  • Ryan Foley - Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Ion Garate - Yale University
  • Hajime Kawahara - Tokyo Metropolitan University
  • Menyoung Lee - Stanford University
  • Mariangela Lisanti - Princeton University
  • Eva-Maria Schoetz - Princeton Univrsity
  • Jonathan Simon - Harvard University

Recipients 2011

  • Katherine Copic – Columbia University
  • Christian Kaiser – University of Hawaii
  • Elisa Maldonado – Harvard University
  • Brad Ramshaw – University of British Columbia
  • Rudi Schuech – University of California Berkeley
  • Tracy Slatyer – Institute for Advanced Study
  • Kai Sun – University of Maryland College Park
  • Brian Swingle – MIT

Recipients 2010

  • Andrew C. Haas – SLAC - Stanford University
  • Ann-Marie Madigan – Leiden Observatory/Univ.
  • Petro Maksymovych – Oak Ridge National Lab
  • Arne Materna – MIT
  • Matthew Mc Quinn – University of California Berkeley

Recipients 2009

  • Eva C Dupont-Ferrier – Rutgers University
  • Brian Gerke – Stanford Linear Acclerator Center
  • Michael Gullans – Harvard University
  • Anna B Loveland – Harvard Medical School
  • Anna L. Watts – Astro. Inst. “Anton Pannekoek
  • Andreas Weiler – Cornell University

Recipients 2008

  • Ania Claire Bleszynski Jayich – Yale University
  • Stephen J. Muchovej – Columbia University
  • Jan Skotheim – Rockefeller University
  • Elizabeth R Stanway – University of Bristol
  • Junjie Zhu – SUNY Stony Brook

Recipients 2007

  • Marusa Bradac – University of California Santa Barbara
  • Huaiyu Duan – University of California San Diego
  • Gabriele Giuliani – Purdue University
  • Mark Greene – Nat'l Inst. of Standards and Tech.
  • Kevin Heng – JILA University of Colorado
  • Peter Skands – Fermilab

Recipients 2006

  • Lincoln D. Carr – Colorado School of Mines
  • Heidi Newberg – Rensselaer Polytechnic
  • Niki Saoulidou – Fermilab
  • Evan Scannapieco – Arizona State University