Kenneth G. Wilson Award
for Excellence in Lattice Field Theory

About the Award

Since its inception in 2011, the annual Kenneth G. Wilson Award for Excellence in Lattice Field Theory has recognized physicists who have made recent, outstanding contributions to lattice field theory.

The award is presented each year at the Lattice International Conference, recognizing research that made an important contribution to lattice field theory within three years prior to the conference. Physicists honored with this award receive:

  • A certificate citing the contributions of the recipient
  • A modest monetary award
  • An invitation to present their cited work in a short plenary talk at the next conference (with the conference registration fee waived)

The award is named after Nobel Laureate Kenneth Wilson (1936–2013), who founded lattice gauge theory in 1974, permitting such theories to be studied numerically using powerful computers. Wilson endorsed the first award by writing a letter to the community reaffirming the importance and research challenges in this field of physics.

Ken Wilson profile


Nominations for the 2021 recipient are open until May 15, 2021.

Phiala Shanahan

For excellence in the study of hadrons and nuclei in lattice QCD and for pioneering the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to lattice field theory.

In light of the cancellation of the Lattice 2020 conference due to the pandemic, the 2020 award ceremony will be a virtual colloquium hosted by the Bonn group (the Lattice 2020 LOC) during their Bethe colloquium series on November 12, 2020, at 16:15 Central European Time (10:15 a.m. US Eastern Time).

Selection Committee

  • Aida El-Khadra
  • Kari Rummukainen
  • Raúl Briceño
  • Sara Collins
  • Martha Constantinou
  • Taku Izubuchi
  • Masakiyo Kitazawa
  • Carsten Urbach for the Local Organizing Committee of Lattice 2020
  • The International Advisory Committee of Lattice 2020

Luchang Jin

For his outstanding contributions to the calculation of the hadronic light-by-light scattering component of the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon.

Selection Committee

  • Julius Kuti, chair
  • Aida El-Khadra, vice-chair
  • Antonin Portelli, 2016 recipient
  • Gert Aarts
  • Sara Collins
  • Masakiyo Kitazawa
  • Chuan Liu

Zohreh Davoudi

For fundamental contributions to lattice field theory in a finite volume that are essential for performing lattice simulations of complex systems.

Selection Committee

  • Christine Davies, chair
  • Julius Kuti, vice-chair
  • Antonin Portelli, 2016 recipient
  • Chuan Liu
  • Stefan Sint

Read the 2018 award press release

Raul Briceno

For groundbreaking contributions to the study of resonances using lattice QCD.

Selection Committee

  • Shoji Hashimoto, chair
  • Christine Davies, vice-chair
  • Stefan Meinel, 2015 recipient
  • Silas Beane
  • Stefan Sint

Read the 2017 award press release

Antonin Portelli

For outstanding contributions to our understanding of electromagnetic effects on hadron properties.

Selection Committee

  • Hartmut Wittig, chair
  • Shoji Hashimoto, vice-chair
  • Gergely Endrödi, 2014 recipient
  • Anna Hasenfratz
  • Silas Beane

Read the 2016 conference summary

Stefan Meinel

For substantial and timely contributions in new research directions in physics of the bottom quark using lattice QCD.

Selection Committee

  • Sinya Aoki, chair
  • Hartmut Wittig, vice-chair
  • André Walker-Loud, 2013 recipient
  • Anna Hasenfratz
  • Sinead Ryan

Read the 2015 award summary

Gergely Endrödi

For significant contributions to our understanding of QCD matter in strong magnetic fields and to QCD thermodynamics.

Selection Committee

  • Stephen Sharpe, chair
  • Sinya Aoki, vice-chair
  • Norman Christ, 2012 recipient
  • Maria Paola Lombardo
  • Sinead Ryan

Read the 2014 award summary

André Walker-Loud

For significant contributions to our understanding of baryons using lattice QCD and effective field theory.

Selection Committee

  • Andreas Kronfeld, chair
  • Stephen Sharpe, vice-chair
  • Karl Jansen, 2011 recipient
  • Shoji Hashimoto
  • Maria Paola Lombardo

Read the 2013 award summary

T. Blum, P.A. Boyle, N.H. Christ, N. Garron, E. Goode, T. Izubuchi, C. Jung, C. Kelly, C. Lehner, M. Lightman, Q. Liu, A.T. Lytle, R.D. Mawhinney, C.T. Sachrajda, A. Soni, and C. Sturm

For their paper titled “The K → (π π)I=2 Decay Amplitude from Lattice QCD,” which addresses one of the longest-standing challenges in our field. This work has led to the first reliable results in weak kaon decays.

Selection Committee

  • Sinya Aoki
  • William Detmold
  • George Fleming
  • David Lin
  • Harvey Meyer
  • James Zanotti

View the 2012 certificate


Xu Feng, Marcus Petschlies, Karl Jansen, and Dru B. Renner

For their paper titled “Two-flavor QCD correction to lepton magnetic moments at leading-order in the electromagnetic coupling,” which describes a new application of lattice methods, applied in a timely fashion, and making an impact on an important (current) discrepancy for the muon magnetic moment.

Selection Committee

  • Michael Buchoff
  • Luigi Del Debbio
  • George Fleming
  • Phillippe de Forcrand
  • Rajiv Gavai
  • Shoji Hashimoto
  • Jim Hetrick
  • Karl Jansen
  • Frithjof Karsch
  • Joe Kiskis
  • Derek Leinweber
  • John Negele
  • Kostas Orginos
  • Giancarlo Rossi
  • Sergey Syritsyn
  • Pavlos Vranas
  • Joe Wasem
  • James Zanotti

View the 2011 certificate

View the 2011 award presentation slides


Presenter of the 2011 award with the award slide on a screen behind him.
Award recipients receiving their award.
Three of the 2011 award recipients.


To recognize outstanding contributions in lattice field theory.

The prize is given annually and consists of a certificate citing the contributions of the recipient, a modest monetary award, and an invitation to present the cited work in a short plenary talk at the next International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on July 26–30, 2021. (The registration fee for the conference will be waived.)

The award recognizes outstanding physicists who are within seven years of completing their PhD at the time of initial nomination, plus any career breaks. The research recognized could be either a single piece of work or the sum of several contributions.

Nominations should include:

  • A nominating letter
  • A seconding letter
  • Up to two supporting letters
  • The nominee’s CV
  • A list of up to ten relevant publications

The nominating letter should include a proposed one-sentence citation justifying the award, and all letters should explain and justify why the nominee should receive the award.

Each year, a panel of voluntary judges reviews the nominations.

Nominations are reviewed in the year received and remain under consideration for up to two additional years. Nominators and reference writers may submit updated information for nominees who will be considered a second or third time.

Nominations of scientists from all nations are solicited. Self-nominations will not be considered. Recipients are not eligible for a second award.

2021 Nomination Information

First-time nominees for the 2021 award must have received a PhD (or equivalent) after December 31, 2013, with suitable adjustment in cases with career breaks. As stated above, nominations will be reviewed in the year received and remain under consideration for up to two additional years.

Nominations should be emailed to the chair of the selection committee before May 15, 2021.

  • Email address: kari.rummukainen [at]
  • Subject line: KWLA nomination

Selection Committee

  • Kari Rummukainen, chair
  • James Zanotti, vice-chair
  • Martha Constantinou
  • Zohreh Davoudi, 2018 award recipient
  • Xu Feng
  • Taku Izubuchi
  • Marina Marinkovic