Olli V. Lounasmaa Memorial Prize
The Olli V. Lounasmaa Memorial Prize is awarded once every four years to scientists who have made outstanding contributions to advances in low temperature physics and related fields. The prize, which was first awarded in 2004, is a tribute to the founder of the strong Finnish research tradition in both low temperature physics and neuroscience.
The establishment of the Prize Fund owes to the generosity of Kiti Müller (daughter of Lounasmaa) and the members of The Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters for the endowment of the revenues obtained upon publishing the Memoirs of Olli V. Lounasmaa. Since 2016 the Fund also receives an endowment from BlueFors Cryogenics, a 2008 spin-off company from the Low Temperature Laboratory (established by Lounasmaa in 1965). Today the company is the world’s leading manufacturer of ‘dry’ ultra-low temperature (dilution) refrigerators.
The Olli V. Lounasmaa Memorial Prize consists of a 5,000€ award and support to attend the conference at which the prize is awarded.
Recipients of Olli V. Lounasmaa Memorial Prize
The fourth Olli V. Lounasmaa Memorial Prize was awarded to Professor Michel Devoret from the Yale University (New Haven, USA) for his pioneering investigations and applications of macroscopic quantum phenomena at low temperatures.
Alexander Andreev 2012
The third Olli V. Lounasmaa Memorial Prize was awarded to Academician Alexander Andreev the Director of the Kapitza Institute for Physical Problems, Moscow, Russia, for his pioneering research on the theory of superconductivity and quantum crystals.
Seiji Ogawa 2008
The second Olli V. Lounasmaa Memorial Prize was awarded to Dr. Seiji Ogawa from Tohoku-Fukushi University in Sendai, Japan, for his pioneering observations that have led to the emergence of functional magnetic resonance imaging of human brain function.
John Clarke 2004
The first Olli V. Lounasmaa Memorial Prize was awarded to Professor John Clarke from University of California, Berkeley, USA, for his pioneering research and development work on ultra sensitive magnetometers called SQUIDs.