In odd-numbered years (by the Gregorian calendar, anyway), the University of Toronto offers the John Stewart Bell Prize for Research on Fundamental Issues in Quantum Mechanics and Their Applications. This is not connected to the Jon Stewart of the Daily Show-- he's purely classical, as you can tell from the fact that there's no "h" in his name. It honors the great Irish physicist John Bell, whose theorem showing that quantum models could be experimentally distinguished from local hidden variable theories helped kick off the thriving field of quantum information. (Bell's contribution is a big part of the TED-Ed video on entanglement that I wrote...)

Anyway, next year is an odd-numbered year, and they are currently soliciting nominations for the 2015 Bell Prize. If you have strong feelings about a person working on fundamental issues in quantum mechanics who ought to be honored with this prize (and if you're reading this blog, there's a decent chance you do have strong opinions on these matters...), go to the link, and follow the directions to submit a nomination.

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