THE 1954 Research Corporation Award, consisting of an honorarium of $2500, a plaque, and a citation, was presented on January 18th to Willis E. Lamb, Jr., professor of physics at Stanford University, in recognition of his major contributions to the understanding of atomic structure and quantum electrodynamics. He was cited particularly for having executed “a number of brilliantly conceived and bold experiments” by which the shift in the energy levels of hydrogen atoms was demonstrated and measured, thus providing experimental results leading to “an extension and reformulation of quantum electrodynamics which has greatly increased our understanding of the forces between charged particles…and opened new fields of theoretical and experimental investigation into the nature of matter and radiation”.

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