Department News

Faculty honors: Joel Lebowitz awarded Dirac medal, Sontag receives Bellman award

Joel Lebowitz, the George William Hill Professor of Mathematics and Physics, has been awarded the 2022 Dirac Medal by the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, one of the very top honors in mathematical physics.

The award goes to Joel, Elliot Lieb, and David Ruelle, "for groundbreaking and mathematically rigorous contributions to the understanding of the statistical mechanics of classical and quantum physical systems".  David Ruelle was also a member of our department for many years .

Rutgers is also the home of other winners of the Dirac Medal -- including Mathematics Graduate Faculty member Greg Moore.  More information can be found here: ICTP - 2022 ICTP Dirac Medal Winners Announced.

Emeritus Professor Eduardo Sontag was awarded the 2022 Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award, which is the highest recognition in control theory and engineering in the US.  The citation reads “For pioneering contributions to stability analysis and nonlinear control, and for advancing the control theoretic foundations of systems biology.