The JOHN BARDEEN PRIZE was established in 1991 by the organizers of the International Conference on the Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity (M2S) in honor of Dr. John Bardeen for "theoretical work that has provided significant insights on the nature of superconductivity and has led to verifiable predictions". This prize is funded by the Physics Department at the University of Illinois, with an award of $6000 to the recipient and a certificate.

The 2015 John Bardeen Prize Winner is:

Dr. Vinay Ambegaokar, Goldwin Smith Professor of Physics Emeritus at Cornell University for his contributions to the statics, dynamics and kinetics of Josephson junctions and nanowires.

Further information in the press releases from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Cornell University

The 2015 John Bardeen Prize has been awarded at the M2S Conference in Geneva from August 23 to August 28, 2015.

Prize chair and contact

Anthony J. Leggett

Institute for Condensed Matter Theory
University of Illinois
1110 W. Green Street
Urbana  IL 61801-3080, USA



A.F. Andreev

Kapitza Institute for Physical Problems, Moscow (Russia)
Stanford University,Stanford,CA (USA)
Dept.of Applied Physics,Tokyo University,Tokyo (Japan)
Dept.of Physics,Princeton University,Princeton,NJ (USA)



2012 : Washington DC (USA)

Steven A. Kivelson, James A. Sauls and Chandra M. Varma 
for their works on the role of phase fluctuations and on the interplay between unconventional superconductivity and electronic inhomogeneity (Kivelson), and on the identification of the pairing symmetry, pairing mechanism, and multiple superconducting phases in heavy-fermion superconductors (Sauls, Varma).

2009 : Tokyo (Japan)

David Pines
for phonon-mediated pairing of electrons in conventional superconductors and superfluidity in nuclear matter.

2006 : Dresden (Germany)

Alexander Andreev, Kazumi Maki, Doug Scalapino
for their work on quasiparticles in superconductors: prediction of Andreev scattering (Andreev) , gapless quasiparticle excitations due to pair-breaking and the role of fluctuations (Maki), and life time effects of quasiparticles and how strong correlations affect their properties (Scalapino).

2003 : Rio (Brazil)

Anatoly Larkin, David Nelson, Valerii Vinokur
for their contributions to the theory of vortex matter.

2000 : Houston (USA)

T. Maurice Rice
for the physical insight he brought to the understanding of the superconducting state in strongly correlated materials in general, and for the prediction of unconventional pairing in Sr2RuO4 in particular.

1997 : Beijing (China)

Philip Anderson
for his contributions to the understanding of broken symmetry, the order parameter in the A and B phases of superfluid helium three and the role of impurities in metallic superconductors.

1994 : Grenoble (France)

Anthony J. Leggett, G. M. Eliashberg
for the development of the pairing theory to account for the thermodynamic and dynamic properties of strong coupling superconductors.

1991 : Kanazawa (Japan)

Vitaly L. Ginzburg, Alexei A. Abrikosov, Lev P. Gor'kov
for developing the GLAG theory which has proved the most useful tool to investigate superconductivity phenomenologically and, further, has also been playing a vital role in the studies of the high temperature superconductors.