Elihu Abrahams, distinguished adjunct professor of physics and astronomy at UCLA, has been awarded the 2019 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize by the American Physical Society in recognition of his contributions to condensed matter physics. Abrahams shares the honor with Alexei Efros and Boris Shklovskii.
Abrahams received his Ph.D. in 1952 from UC Berkeley. After a brief appointment as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, he accepted a position at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He joined UCLA’s physics and astronomy department in 2008.
The prize citation reads: “For pioneering research in the physics of disordered materials and hopping conductivity.” Among Abrahams' landmark contributions to the field of diffusion in disordered media is an expression known as the Miller-Abrahams equation, which has served as a starting point for many models of “hopping conduction in disordered materials.” Another of his most recognized works is the “very elegant ‘Scaling Theory of Localization: Absence of Quantum Diffusion in Two Dimensions,’” department chair David Saltzberg said.
Abrahams is a fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1987 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999.