The American Physical Society has awarded its 2020 Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics to Antoine Georges “for the development of the Dynamical Mean Field Theory as a tool for the computation of properties of strongly correlated materials.”
Antoine Georges is a Professor at the Department of Quantum Matter Physics of the University of Geneva and at Collège de France, Paris. He is also the Director of the newly founded Center for Computational Quantum Physics at the Flatiron Institute, Simons Foundation, New York. He also has affiliation with the Ecole Polytechnique (France).
His early research was in high-energy theory and the statistical mechanics of disordered systems. Since the early 90’s, his main focus has been on the physics of quantum materials in which electron-electron interactions are strong, and more broadly defined the theory of interacting quantum systems including ultra-cold atoms. He is one of the co-inventors of Dynamical Mean-Field Theory, for which he shared the 2006 Europhysics Condensed Matter Prize. This theory has deeply transformed our understanding of these materials and our ability to explain, calculate and predict their physical properties.
Antoine Georges’ work has been recognized by numerous awards including the 1990 Suzanne et Anatole Abragam Prize, the 2004 Dargelos Prize, the 2007 CNRS Silver Medal, the 2014 Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics, a Honorary Doctorate from the University of Sherbrooke, Canada (2018) as well as a major Synergy Grant from the European Research Council (2012). He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences.
The American Physical Society established the prize in 1992 to recognize outstanding work and disseminate information in computational physics.