24 October 2019

Laura Greene awarded 2019 Gold Medal Award

Laura Greene walks the red carpet as a science celebrity and waves to a crowd of adoring fans at the MagLab’s movie-themed Open House in 2017. Laura Greene walks the red carpet as a science celebrity and waves to a crowd of adoring fans at the MagLab’s movie-themed Open House in 2017.

MagLab Chief Scientist Laura Greene recognized by the Tallahassee Scientific Society for her exemplary career achievements in science and contributions to science education and outreach.

Contact: Dr. MABRY GABOARDI CALHOUN, 850-766-4920

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Tallahassee Scientific Society announces the award of their 2019 Gold Medal to Dr. Laura Greene, Chief Scientist at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. The Society's Gold Medal, established in 2004, is bestowed annually on a scientist or scholar selected from the Tallahassee community whose career achievements in science or mathematics, and contributions to science education and outreach, are deemed exemplary.

In addition to her role as chief scientist at the National MagLab, a user facility funded by the National Science Foundation and State of Florida, Greene is the Francis Eppes Professor of Physics at Florida State University. Her research in experimental condensed matter physics with a focus on quantum materials has led to over 200 co-authored publications and more than 600 invited and plenary talks.

"Laura has superseded all the criteria of the Gold Medal Award in her vast scientific contributions, her efforts in science education, and commitment to science outreach," said Kerry Maddox, President of Tallahassee Scientific Society. "Her entire career is closely aligned with the mission of TSS, an independent community-based nonprofit organization, and we are proud to honor her with the 2019 Gold Medal Award."

As the 2017 president of the American Physical Society (APS), Laura's theme was science diplomacy and human rights. She serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is a vice president of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics. A champion for diversity, she works with teams that promote the success of women and young scientists, particularly in developing countries. She plays many leadership advisory roles for funding agencies and institutions, and recently was a co-chair of the National Academy’s consensus report: "Frontiers of Materials Research: A Decadal Survey."

Laura is an active member of the US National Academy of Science, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Physics (UK), the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the APS. Her recognitions include a Guggenheim fellowship, the Lawrence Award for Materials Research, and the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award. This fall, she received the APS Five Sigma Physicist Award for her work in science advocacy.

When notified of her award, Dr. Green replied, "This really means a great deal to me and looking at the past winners, I am completely humbled."

The Society invites the public to the Gold Medal ceremony and a free public lecture by Dr. Greene at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 12, at the Challenger Learning Center, 200 South Duval Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301. Dr. Greene’s presentation will be titled, "The Dark Energy of Quantum Materials". Prior to the ceremony, the Society will host a reception and cash bar beginning at 6 pm.

For more information about joining the society and a complete list of the Society's previous Gold Medalists, visit the Tallahassee Scientific Society's website.

Story by Kristen Roberts


The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory is the world’s largest and highest-powered magnet facility. Located at Florida State University, the University of Florida and Los Alamos National Laboratory, the interdisciplinary National MagLab hosts scientists from around the world to perform basic research in high magnetic fields, advancing our understanding of materials, energy and life. The lab is funded by the National Science Foundation (DMR-1644779) and the state of Florida. For more information, visit us online at nationalmaglab.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest at NationalMagLab.