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Awards & Honors

Major Awards

1984 First Prize Award, Gravity Research Foundation

1986 Presidential Young Investigator Award

1997 Glover Award for Distinction in Physics Achievement and Physics Education, Dickenson College, PA.

2000Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology, American Association for the Advancement of Science. Citation: For global impact as a science communicator and the ability to maintain an active science career while writing several books about physics for the general public.

2001 Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize, American Physical Society. Citation: For outstanding contributions to the understanding of the early universe, and extraordinary achievement in communicating the essence of physical science to the general public.

2001 Andrew R. Gemant Award, American Institute of Physics. Citation: To Professor Lawrence Krauss for excellence in the interpretation of physics to the public through numerous newspaper and magazine articles, books, lectures, and television productions. Krauss is especially commended for his communication of sound scientific literacy through timely opinion pieces and books, and for his efforts to address incorrect popular interpretations of science disseminated in the mass media.

2002 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award for Atom, An Odyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth and Beyond

2003 Humanism Award, Free Inquirers of Northeast Ohio

2004 Oersted Medal, American Association of Physics Teachers.

2004 Northern Ohio Live Award of Achievement: Science and Technology

2005 Joseph A. Burton Forum Award, American Physical Society, Citation: For major contributions in defending science in the schools through his efforts in combating the opponents of teaching evolution, and for continuing to enhance the public understanding of contemporary physics

2009 Center for Inquiry World Congress Award for Scholarship in the Public Interest.

2009 Friend of Darwin Award, National Center for Science Education

2009 Helen Sawyer Hogg Prize of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the Astronomical Society of


2012 National Science Board 2012 Public Service Award

2013 Roma Award Urbs Universalis

2014 Academia Film Olomouc award for Outstanding Communication of Science

2014 Gravity Research Foundation Essay Award

2015 American Humanist Association Humanist of the Year

2016 Richard Dawkins Award

2016 Freedom From Religion's "Emperor Has No Clothes Award"

Other Honors (since 1977)

1977 Senate Graduating Medal, Carleton University

1977-1981 N.R.C. Postgraduate Scholarship

1982-1985 Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows

1982-83 N.S.E.R.C.Fellowship

1988 Junior Faculty Fellowship,Yale Unversity

1988 Senior Faculty Fellowship, Yale University

1988 Nesbitt Lecturer, Carleton University

1989 Gravity Research Foundation Prize Award

1990 Named Sigma-Xi National Lecturer (1991-92)

1990 Named to "International Leaders in Achievement"

1991 Gravity Research Foundation Prize Award

1993 Named to Ambrose Swasey Chair in Physics

1995 Gravity Research Foundation Prize Award

1996 Innaugural Distinguish Scientist Lecturer for Young People, Ohio Aerospace Institute

1996 Innaugural Distinguished Physics Lecturer, University of Minnesota

1996 Ohio Achievement Award Selection, Northern Ohio Live Magazine

1997 Hays Lecturer, Oberlin College

1997 Great Poets League of Cleveland Honoree 1997

1998 Cleveland Magazine, 50 Most Interesting People of the Year Award

1997-8 University School-Seelbach Visiting Chair

1998 American Physical Society Centennial Lecturer

1998 Henry Steel Lecturer, Mid America Orthopedic Assn.

1998 Commencement Speaker, Hiram College

1998 13th Annual Frank G. and Jean M. Chesley Lectureship, Carleton College

1998 Herzfeld Lecturer, Catholic University

1999 Fellow, American Physical Society

1999- Board of Directors, Physics Entrepeneurship Program.

1999 Gravity Research Foundation Prize Award

1999 Moti Lal Rustgi Memorial Lecturer, SUNY Buffalo

1999 Hendrik de Waard Foundation Lecturer, Groningen, Netherlands

2000 Maurer Memorial Lecturer, University of Arkansas

2000 Vanden Miles Lecturer, Wayne State University

2000 Kallen Lecturer, University of Lund, Sweden.

2000 Benedum Lecturer, University of West Virginia

2000 Great Minds Lecturer, Illinois Math and Science Academy, Aurora IL

2000 Soloist, Holst, The Planets, with The Cleveland Orchestra

2001 Rochester Lecturer, University of Durham, UK

2001 Isaac Asimov Memorial Panelist, American Museum of Natural History, NY

2001 Rorschach Lecturer, Rice University

2001 Shell Lecturer, National Assoc. of Science Teachers

2001 Invited Witness, U.S. House Committee on Science, Session on the Future of Space Exploration

2001 Malstrom Lecturer, Hamline University, Minnesota

2001 Morgan Lecturer, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth Texas

2001 Timothy J. OLeary Distinguished Scientist Lecturer, Gonzaga University

2001 Presidential Inauguration Keynote Speaker Clark University

2001 Campbell Lecturer, Society of Pediatric Urology

2001 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Centenary Lecturer, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory

2001 Fermi Centennial Lecturer, Fermilab

2001 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

2002 Knight Fellow, Western Reserve Academy

2002 Friedman Lecturer, Penn State University

2002 Milton Lecturer, Syracuse University

2002 Chancellor’s Lecturer, Vanderbilt University

2002 Fellow, Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal

2003 Waynick Lecturer, Penn State University

2003 Donald Ross Hamilton Lecturer, Princeton University

2003 Woods Lecturer, Westminster College, PA

2003 New Frontiers in Information Sciences Distinguished Lecturer, Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome NY

2003 Commencement Speaker, Carleton University

2003 Five Colleges Lecturer, U Mass. Amherst

2003 William Mahoney Lecturer, U. Mass Amherst

2003 Presidential Lecturer, Clark University

2004 Joe Barnhart Lecturer, Coastal Bend College, TX

2004 Constance Wilson Distinguished Lecturer, Berry College, GA

2004 Maurice and Yetta Glicksman Commencement Lecturer, Brown University

2004 Likover Lecturer, American Civil Liberties Union.

2004 Samuel Newton Taylor Lecturer, Goucher College

2005 Hooker Professor and Lecturer, McMaster University

2005 Rudin Distinguished Scholar Lecturer, Marymount College

2005 First Annual Mel Oakes Distinguished Undergraduate Lecturer, UT. Austin

2005 World Year of Physics Lecturer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

2005 Benson Lecturer, Miami University

2005 IBM Yorktown Heights Visions Lecturer

2005 NASA Huntsville, World Year of Physics Lecturer

2005 Sigma Pi Sigma Lecturer, Wright State University

2005 Crump Lecturer, St. Andrews School

2005 Presidential Lecturer, University of Tulsa

2005 IBM Lecturer, Wittenberg University

2005 World Year of Physics Lecturer, Severance Hall

2006 Michigan State Science Teacher’s Distinguished Lecturer

2007-8 Phi Beta Kappa National Visiting Scholar

2006- Board of Sponsors, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

2006 Terry Lectureship, Science and Religion, Yale University

2007 Distinguished Scientist Lecture, Brookhaven National Laboratory

2007 Concordia University Distinguished Scientist Lecturer

2007 Gravity Research Foundation Prize Award

2007 Michelson Centenary Lecturer, US Naval Academy.

2007 Inaugural Beyond Institute Lecturer, Arizona State University

2008 Centennial Lecturer, University of Arkansas

2008 Bradley Lecturer, American Enterprise Institute

2008 2008 Michigan State University Distinguished Lecturer

2009 National Lecturer, Australian National Science Week

2010 Todd Lecturer, Butler University

2010 Woods Lecturer, Norwich University.

2010 Smith Lecturer, Davidson College

2010 Distinguished University Lecturer, U. Alberta, Edmonton

2010- Distinguished Visiting Professor, Australian National University

2011 James and Jean Davis Prestige Visiting Fellow, Otaga University

2011 Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, University of Melbourne

2012 Irving K. Barber Lecture, University of British Columbia

2012 The Littleton-Franklin Lecture, Auburn University

2012 Institute of Physics Lecturer, Hobart Tasmania

2012 Math for America Lecturer, UCSD

2013 Distinguished Lecturer Award, Medical Health Physics Society

2013 Distinguished Lecturer, Williams College

2013 Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin

2013 Distinguished Dean’s Lecturer, Radcliffe College

2013 Distinguished Lecturer, University of New Orleans

2013 Asimov Panelist, AMNH

2013 Gordon Tomkins Lecture, UC San Francisco

2013 Laureate of International Academy of Humanism

2014 Distinguished Lecturer, University of Wisconsin - Madison

2014 Allele Lecturer, University of Alabama

2014 Michael West Lecturer, Queen's University Belfast

2015 Fetzer Memorial Lecture, Nebraska Wesleyan University

2016 Schrodinger Lecturer, University of Zurich

2016 The President’s Forum for Critical Thought Lecturer, Eastern Washington University

2016 Conway Memorial Lecturer, Conway Hall

2017 Frontiers Lecturer, American Museum of Natural History

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