Recent HPS alum Jamee Elder Wins 2021 Du Châtelet Prize in Philosophy of Physics

Author: Tori Davies


Jamee Elder, HPS Ph.D '20 was announced as the 2021 Du Châtelet Prize in Philosophy of Physics award winner for her paper “On the ‘direct detection’ of gravitational waves" 

Elder completed her PhD at the University of Notre Dame and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Black Hole Initiative, Harvard University. 

The topic for this year’s prize was "Measurement practices in the physical sciences: correlation, calibration and stabilization"

The winners each receive $1000, an invitation to participate in a workshop to be held at Duke University (provisionally scheduled for April 7-9 2022), and an invitation to have their paper considered for publication in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science

The members of this year’s prize committee were: Alisa Bokulich, Hasok Chang, Daniel Mitchell and Wendy Parker. Grateful thanks to them for all their hard work.

The Du Châtelet Prize in Philosophy of Physics is supported by Duke University in collaboration with Studies in History and Philosophy of Science.



More information about the prize

The Du Châtelet Prize in Philosophy of Physics celebrates excellence in philosophy of physics and promotes breadth across the field both historically and philosophically. Each year, a prize committee of senior scholars in the field invites submissions on a particular topic. The prize winner receives feedback and support from the committee, and the paper is considered for publication in Studies. The goals of the prize are to support young scholars working in philosophy of physics, to strengthen the historical and philosophical breadth of the field, and to promote some of the very best work being done by students and junior scholars.

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