Du Châtelet Prize 2021: Elder and Ohnesorge

The winners of the 2021 Du Châtelet Prize in Philosophy of Physics are:

  • Jamee Elder, for her paper “On the ‘direct detection’ of gravitational waves”


  • Miguel Ohnesorge, for his paper “Pluralising measurement”

Jamee Elder completed her PhD at the University of Notre Dame and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Black Hole Initiative, Harvard University. Miguel Ohnesorge is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge. Congratulations to them, and many thanks to everyone who submitted their wonderful papers for this year’s prize.

The topic for this year’s prize was “Measurement practices in the physical sciences: correlation, calibration and stabilization”

The winners each receive $1000, an invitation to participate in a workshop to be held at Duke University (provisionally scheduled for April 7-9 2022), and an invitation to have their paper considered for publication in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science

The members of this year’s prize committee were: Alisa Bokulich, Hasok Chang, Daniel Mitchell and Wendy Parker. Grateful thanks to them for all their hard work.

The Du Châtelet Prize in Philosophy of Physics is supported by Duke University in collaboration with Studies in History and Philosophy of Science.


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