The Klopsteg Memorial Award is given to a notable physicist in memory of Paul E. Klopsteg. Established in 1990, it is awarded by the American Association of Physics Teachers.
The Klopsteg Memorial Award recipient is asked to make a major presentation at an AAPT Summer Meeting on a topic of current significance suitable for non-specialists.
2007 Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist and Director, Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History, New York "Adventures in Science Illiteracy"
2006 Lisa Randall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, "Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions"
2005 Wendy Freedman, Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena, CA "The Accelerating Universe"
2004 Anton Zeilinger, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria "Quantum Experiments: From Philosophical Curiosity to a New Technology"
2003 Sylvester James Gates, University of Maryland, College Park, MD "Why Einstein Would Love Spaghetti in Fundamental Physics"
2002 Barry C. Barish, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA "Catching the Waves with LIGO"
2001 Virginia Trimble, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA "Cosmology: Man's Place in the Universe"
2000 Terrence P. Walker, The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH "The Big Bang: Seeing Back to the Beginning"
1999 Michael S. Turner, University of Chicago "Cosmology: From Quantum Fluctuations to the Expanding Universe"
1998 Sidney R. Nagel, The James Franck Institute "Physics at the Breakfast Table - Or Waking Up to Physics"
1997 Max Dresden, Stanford University and Stanford Linear Accelerator "Scales, Macroscopic, Microscopic, Mesoscopic: Their Autonomy and Interrelation"
1996 Margaret Geller, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Optical Infrared Astronomy Division
1995 Peter Franken, University of Arizona "Municipal Waste, Recycling, and Nuclear Garbage"
1994 N. David Mermin, Cornell University "More Quantum Magic"
1993 Charles P. Bean, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York "An Invitation to Table-Top Physics Inside and in the Open Air"
1992 Gabriel Wienreich University of Michigan at Anne Arbor "What Science Knows about Violins And What It Doesn't Know," Am. J. Phys. 61, 1067 (1993).
1991 Paul K. Hansman, University of California at Santa Barbara "Seeing Atoms with the New Generation of Microscopes," Am. J. Phys. 59, 1067 (1991).
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