Cushing Memorial Prize for 2004

Hans Halvorson
Department of Philosophy
Princeton University

Hans Halvorson

The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, along with the Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Notre Dame and the Cushing Memorial Prize Advisory Committee are pleased to announce the award of the first Cushing Memorial Prize in the History and Philosophy of Physics to Professor Hans Halvorson of the Department of Philosophy, Princeton University, for his paper:

“Reeh-Schlieder Defeats Newton-Wigner: On Alternative Localization Schemes in Relativistic Quantum Field Theory.” Philosophy of Science 68 (2001), 111-133.

The $1,000 prize will be awarded on Friday, September 3, 2004 in conjunction with Professor Halvorson’s delivering at Notre Dame an invited lecture under the title, “No Eliminative Materialism, No Quantum Measurement Problem.”

Professsor Halvorson was the Selection Committee’s strong and unanimous choice. It is noteworthy that Professor Halvorson was independently nominated by several different people. Those who nominated him had the highest praise for his scholarship. One nomination read:

“I find the quality (and quantity) of Hans’ work truly remarkable. He strikes me as the strongest philosopher of physics to come along [in years], and the one most likely to play a leading role in coming years as more and more philosophers of physics turn their attention to issues in the foundations of algebraic quantum field theory. He brings to the subject a mastery of certain essential mathematical tools (in particular, the theory of operator algebras) that very few, if any, philosophers of physics have. He also brings remarkable originality, clear headedness, and good judgment. He is able to make things clear that seemed muddy before, and has the raw mathematical talent to prove non-trivial theorems that bear on important foundational issues.”

Professor Halvorson graduated in 1995 from Calvin College with a degree in philosophy. That was followed by masters degrees in philosophy and mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997 and 1998, respectively, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001. Halvorson has been an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University since 2001.