I've recently won a pretty big prize in theoretical physics, called the New Horizons Prize.  This is a smaller version of the Breakthrough Prize which is awarded to more junior researchers.

My prize is shared with MIT's Daniel Harlow and Harvard's Daniel Jafferis, both of them excellent physicists.   Amusingly, each pair of us have written exactly 1 article together (but we have never collaborated as a trio).

I hope it is not too vain to share some news articles about the prize, in case people want to know more:

There is also going to be a prize ceremony today [i.e. the day I am writing this post], Sunday Nov 4th, in Mountain View.  You can find more information about the broadcasting of the event, and the other prize winners, here.  There will also be an all-day symposium at UC Berkeley this Monday, at which I will be getting the actual trophy and also we will be speaking at a panel on whether time travel is possible.  You can watch it live streamed here.

I've also recently received the 2018 Philippe Meyer Prize and the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize [alt link], both of whose award ceremonies will be in the future.

After all this shameless self-promotion, I have some even better news that makes me even prouder: in January Nicole and I are expecting our first child, a son!  We are so pleased by this, and hope that he will find this world hospitable as God's will is accomplished in his life.  I don't feel prepared yet to be a father, but then again no one ever is.  I understand that children are very good at training up their parents, so hopefully it will turn out all right!

About Aron Wall

I am a Lecturer in Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge. Before that, I read Great Books at St. John's College (Santa Fe), got my physics Ph.D. from U Maryland, and did my postdocs at UC Santa Barbara, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and Stanford. The views expressed on this blog are my own, and should not be attributed to any of these fine institutions.
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10 Responses to Prizes

  1. Jozef says:

    Congratulations, especially for the son! :-)

  2. Mike G says:

    Congratulations Aron - on the prize and the forthcoming birth of your son.

  3. Miloš says:

    Congratulations! I hope you can handle all those great news!


  4. Bill Haddad says:

    Congratulations! I found with my own children that God sends the grace needed to father them. It's a unique and wonderful way to learn about the love of the Father. Enjoy!

  5. Excellent news, Aron. I loved reading about your research and ideas, as I have always enjoyed this blog.

  6. Atredies says:

    My son and first child was born in March this year and it has been a fun time, you'll love it.

  7. Michael Rathbone says:


    Congratulations on the prizes, but more importantly that you are expecting! I pray that your wife has a pregnancy free from complications and that she delivers a healthy boy.

    Thank you for this blog and all that you do. You have made a tremendously positive impact on my life and for that I will be eternally grateful. I wish you and yours only the best and may your successes only continue.

  8. Aron Wall says:

    Thanks everybody!

  9. Scott Church says:

    Wow!!! Congratulations Aron! I'm so happy for you and Nicole! And don't worry... you will be a wonderful father! Is he due before your move to Cambridge or after? Hopefully, the two blessings won't land right on top of each other. And congratulations on the prizes too! It's been a good year. Praise God, and blessings to you and Nicole! :-)

    PS - Do you guys have a name yet or is that a secret to be revealed later...?

  10. TY says:

    Aron, Excellent and well deserved.

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