The  KAMERLINGH ONNES PRIZE was established in 2000 by the organizers of the International Conference on the Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity (M2S) in honor of Heike Kamerlingh Onnes who discovered superconductivity in 1911. It is awarded every three years at the M2S Conference, for outstanding experiments which illuminate the nature of superconductivity other than materials. 

The award is sponsored by Elsevier, Publisher of Physica C - Superconductivity and its Applications
The Prize consists of 7,500 € and a certificate.

Composition of the 2018 Prize Committee
Prize chair: Dirk van der Marel – University of Geneva, Switzerland
Aharon Kapitulnik – Stanford University, USA
Gabriel Aeppli – Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland
Mark Golden – University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Eli Zeldov – Weizmann Institute, Israel

Prize Winners:



2018: Yuji Matsuda and Louis Taillefer for illuminating the nature of superconductivity in unconventional superconductors:
Yuji Matsuda for pioneering magneto-transport and microwave experiments on exotic superconductors.
Louis Taillefer for seminal magneto-transport studies of heavy fermion and cuprate superconductors.


2015: Gilbert Lonzarich for visionary experiments concerning the emergence of superconductivity among strongly renormalized quasiparticles at the edge of magnetic order.


2012 :  Herbert A. Mook, Teunis M. Klapwijk and Øystein H. Fischer for their long-term outstanding and pioneering contributions to the experimental superconductivity research :
Herbert A. Mook for several decades of important neutron spectroscopy and diffraction experiments on superconductors, especially those with magnetic tendencies.
Teunis M. Klapwijk for seminal experiments on the superconducting properties of superconductor-ferromagnet and superconductor-normal metal nano structures.
Øystein H. Fischer for leadership in magnetic superconductors and pioneering STM studies in the cuprate high-Tc materials.


2009 :  J.C. Seamus Davis, Aharon Kapitulnik, and John Tranquada for pioneering and seminal experiments which illuminate the nature of superconductivity in strongly correlated electron systems:
J.C. Seamus Davis for pushing the limits of spectroscopic imaging scanning tunneling microscopy at low temperatures and applying it to pioneering studies of the cuprate high temperature superconductors
Aharon Kapitulnik for seminal studies of time-reversal-symmetry breaking effects in unconventional superconductors using magneto optics
John M. Tranquada for pioneering neutron scattering experiments leading to the discovery of the stripe phases in the cuprate high temperature superconductors


2006: N. Phuan Ong, Hidenori Takagi and Shin-ichi Uchida for pioneering and seminal transport experiments which illuminated the unconventional nature of the metallic state of high temperature superconducting cuprates.


2003: George Crabtree and Eli Zeldov for pioneering and seminal experiments which elucidated the vortex phase diagram in high temperature superconductors under various conditions of disorder and anisotropy. 


2000: Zhi-Xun Shen  for elucidating the electron structure of high-temperature superconductors and other strongly interacting electron materials by angular resolved photoelectron spectroscopy.