Robert A. Millikan
Robert A. Millikan Medal
No new nominations will be accepted.
The Robert A Millikan Medal recognizes those who have made notable and intellectually creative contributions to the teaching of physics. The recipient delivers an address at an AAPT Summer Meeting and receives a monetary award, the Millikan Medal, an Award Certificate, and travel expenses to the meeting. Self-nomination is not appropriate for this award. Preference in the selection of the recipient will be given to members of AAPT.
This award has been renamed.
In the spring of 2021, the AAPT Board of Directors voted unanimously to remove Robert A. Millikan’s name from the award that recognizes “those who have made notable and intellectually creative contributions to the teaching of physics.” This decision follows the recent decision by Cal Tech to remove Millikan’s name from buildings based on his participation in the eugenics movement through affiliation with the Human Betterment Foundation, an organization which supported eugenic sterilization research.
The Board of Directors have unanimously approved renaming the award to the Lillian McDermott Medal with the citation “Lillian McDermott Medal recognizes those who are passionate and tenacious about improving the teaching and learning of physics and have made intellectually creative contributions in this area”.
Gregory E. Francis, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
“Two Red Bricks: Is A Good Lecture Better Than No Lecture At All?”
David M. Cook, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
“Attempting the (seemingly) Impossible”
Tom Greenslade, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH
"Adventures with Oscillations and Waves"
Kyle Forinash, Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, IN
"Breaking Out of the Physics Silo"
Kenneth Heller, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
"Can We Get There from Here?"
Stephen M. Pompea, National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Tucson, AZ
"Knowledge and Wonder: Reflections on Ill-Structured Problem Solving"
Robert A. Morse, St. Albans School, Washington, DC
"Facets of Physics Teaching-Pedagogical Engineering in the High School Classroom"
Eugenia Etkina, Rutgers University
"Students of Physics: Listeners, Observers, or Collaborative Participants?"
Harvey Gould, Clark University, Worcester, MA
"New Challenges for Old Physics Departments"
Philip M. Sadler, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
"Separating Facts From Fad: How Our Choices Impact Students' Performance and Persistence in Physics" UStream video
Brian Jones, Colorado State University
"All I Really Need to Know About Physics Education I Learned in Kindergarten"
Patricia M. Heller, University of Minnesota
"Guiding the Future: Developing Research-based Physics Standards"-
Arthur Eisenkraft, University of Massachusetts
"Physics for All: From Special Needs to Olympiads"
Eric Mazur, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
"The Make-Believe World of Real-World Physics"
David Sokoloff, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
"Building a New, More Exciting Mouse Trap is Not Enough"
Art Hobson, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
"Thoughts on Physics Education for the 21st Century"
John S. Rigden, Washington University in St. Louis, MO
"The Mystique of Physics: Relumine the Enlightment"
Kenneth S. Krane, Oregon State University
"The Challenges of Teaching Modern Physics"
Fred M. Goldberg, San Diego State University
"Research and Development in Physics Education: Focusing on Students' Thinking"
Simon George, California State University
"Global Study of the Role of the Laboratory in Physics Educations"
Sallie A. Watkins, University of Southern Colorado
"Can "Descriptive" End with "A"?", Am. J. Phys.70, (2002).
Thomas D. Rossing, Northern Illinois University
"Beauty in Physics and the Arts", Am. J. Phys.69, 248 (2001).
Alan Van Heuvelen, The Ohio State University
"Research About Physics Learning, Linguistics, Our Minds, and the Workplace", Am. J. Phys.69,1138(2001).
Edward F. Redish, University of Maryland
"Building a Science of Teaching Physics: Learning What Works and Why", Phys. Teach.37, 136 (1999).
David Griffiths, Reed College
"Is there a Text in This Class?", Am. J. Phys.65, 1141 (1997).
Priscilla W. Laws, Dickinson College, Phys. Teach.34, 470 (1996).
Dean Zollman, Kansas State University
"Do They Just Sit There? Reflections on Helping Students Learn Physics", Phys. Teach.33, 421 (1995).
Frederick Reif, Carnegie-Mellon University
"Understanding and Teaching Important Scientific Thought Processes", Phys. Teach.32, 454 (1994).
James A. Minstrell, Mercer Island High School
"Creating an Environment for Reconstructing Understanding and Reasoning about the Physical World", Phys. Teach.31, 332 (1993).
Robert G. Fuller, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
"Hypermedia and the Knowing of Physics Standing Upon the Shoulders of Giants", Am. J. Phys.61, 299 (1993).
Don Herbert, Mr. Wizard Studios
"Behind the Scenes of Mr.Wizard", Phys. Teach.29, 488 (1991).
Lillian C. McDermott, University of Washington
"What We Teach and What Is Learned Closing the Gap", Am. J. Phys.59, 301 (1991).
Peter Lindenfeld, Rutgers University
"The Einsteinization of Physics", Am. J. Phys.58, 300 (1990).
Robert G. Greenler, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
"Beetles, Bubbles, and Butterflies Iridescence in Nature", Phys. Teach.26, 331 (1988).
Donald Glenn Ivey, University of Toronto
"Educational Television An Oxymoron?", Am. J. Phys.55, 1068 (1987).
Mario Iona, University of Denver
"Why Johnny Can't Learn Physics from Textbooks I have Known", Am. J. Phys.55, 299 (1987).
James Gerhart, University of Washington
"Handling Numbers", Am. J. Phys.54, 492 (1986).
Earl F. Zwicker, Illinois Institute of Technology
"Life, Learning, and the Phunomenological [sic] Approach"
Gerald F. Wheeler, Montana State University
"The Emerging Telecommunications Network: New Conduit to Learners", Phys. Teach.21, 452 (1983).
Paul G. Hewitt, City College of San Francisco
"The Missing Essential A Conceptual Understanding of Physics", Am. J. Phys.51, 305 (1983).
Albert A. Bartlett, University of Colorado at Boulder
"Are We Overlooking Something?", Am. J. Phys.49, 1104 (1981).
Thomas D. Miner, Garden City High School,(ret.)
"Prides and Prejudices of a Physics Teacher", Phys. Teach.18, 411 (1980).
Alexander Calandra, Washington University
"The Art of Teaching Physics", Phys. Teach.17, 498 (1979).
Alfred Bork, University of California at Irvine
"Interactive Learning", Am. J. Phys.47, 5 (1979).
C. Luther Andrews, State University of New York at Albany
"Microwave Optics", Phys. Teach.15, 343 (1977).
Tung Hon Jeong, Lake Forest College
"Holography", Am. J. Phys.44, 1026 (1976).
Harold A. Daw, New Mexico State University
"Physics Instructional Apparatus and Things"
Harald Jensen, Lake Forest College
"A Retired Physics Teacher Reminisces", Am. J. Phys.42, 1049 (1974).
Frank Oppenheimer, The Exploratorium
"Teaching and Learning", Am. J. Phys.41, 1309 (1973).
Arnold A. Strassenburg, State University of New York at Stony Brook
"The Evolution of Physics Teaching", Am. J. Phys.40, 1729 (1972).
Harry F. Meiners, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
"Problems of Science Education in Underdeveloped Countries", Am. J. Phys.39, 468 (1971).
Franklin Miller, Jr., Kenyon College
"A Long Look at the Short Film", Am. J. Phys.39, 3 (1971).
John M. Fowler, University of Maryland
"Content and Process in Physics Teaching", Am. J. Phys.37, 1194 (1969).
Alan Holden, Bell Telephone Laboratories
"Artistic Invitations to the Study of Physics", Am. J. Phys.36, 1081 (1968).
Gerald Holton, Harvard University
"Oildrops and Subelectrons", Am. J. Phys.35, 905 (1967).
Alan M. Portis, University of California, Berkeley
"Electrons, Photons, and Students", Am. J. Phys.34, 1986 (1966).
John G. King, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"The Undergraduate Physics Laboratory and Reality", Am. J. Phys.34, 1058 (1966).
H. Victor Neher, California Institute of Technology
"Millikan: Teacher and Friend", Am. J. Phys.32, 868 (1964).
Paul E. Klopsteg, Northwestern University
"The Early Days of the American Association of Physics Teachers"