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Edward Teller Award


The Edward Teller Award recognizes pioneering research and leadership in the use of laser and ion-particle beams to produce unique high-temperature and high-density matter for scientific research and for controlled thermonuclear fusion. The award consists of an engraved silver medal and a $2,000 monetary award. No more than two awards can be given in any two-year period. The award is normally presented at the International Conference on Inertial Fusion Science Applications (IFSA) during odd-numbered years, beginning with the year 1999. The award may be presented at an alternate location determined by the Fusion Energy Division in consultation with the ANS Honors and Awards Committee.


This award was established by the Fusion Energy Division in June 1999 to be presented as an ANS Division award. The Teller Award was established previously by the conference series formerly called Laser Interaction and Related Plasma Phenomenon (LIRPP). It is presently funded by an endowment fund established by the Fusion Energy Division of ANS.

Selection Method

Nominations for candidates for the award are invited by bi-annual announcement in ANS publications and independent efforts of the Fusion Energy Division and through the channels of the IFSA conference.

Nominations must include the completed nomination form accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  • A letter of recommendation (from a different institution than the home institution of the nominee)
  • A narrative summary of about 1,000 words, including accomplishments, period of activity, and significance of achievements
  • A list of publications
  • A brief chronological resume
  • Letters of support (support letters recommended but not required, no more than five)
Nomination Deadline:
Monetary Award:
March 1 Extended Deadline - April 15 (odd years only)
Biennially at International Conference on Inertial Fusion Science Applications (IFSA)

Nomination forms and supporting documents (in Word or Adobe Acrobat) should be emailed to

Hard copies can be mailed to:

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