Congratulations to Assistant Professor Norman Yao on being awarded the 2020 George E. Valley, Jr. Prize by the American Physical Society! This prize recognizes one individual in the early stages of his or her career for an outstanding scientific contribution to physics that is deemed to have significant potential for a dramatic impact on the field. Yao is being awarded "For the elucidation of non-equilibrium quantum phases of matter, in particular time crystalline order, and for enabling the realization of these phases in quantum optical systems."
“I’m excited that the George E. Valley Prize will be going to Norman Yao,” says APS President-Elect Philip H. Bucksbaum, chair of the 2020 prize selection committee, “This prize has special importance for APS since it is awarded early in a scientist’s career, to recognize a research advance with dramatic impact in physics. Norm has already made contributions that have established new directions in condensed matter, in quantum information, and in quantum optics. His work on exotic phenomena such as ‘time crystals’ is rewriting our understanding of driven quantum systems and many-body localization.”