At its 2023 Astroparticle Physics Conference in Nagoya, Japan, the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) announced that this year’s recipient of the Bhabha Award is Institute Professor, Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of Physics and researcher in the Laboratory for Nuclear Science Samuel C.C. Ting for “his vision and leadership of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) experiment on the International Space Station, which has provided data of unprecedented precision on the spectrum & composition of Galactic cosmic rays that challenge conventional models of their origin.”
The Bhabha Award is presented to a scientist who has made distinguished contributions in the field of high energy cosmic ray physics and astro-particle physics over an extended academic career. Professor Ting, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1976, is the leader of the AMS experiment. Proposed and developed by Ting, AMS is a unique precision magnetic spectrometer in space. Since its launch in May 2011, AMS has furthered our understanding of the cosmos by performing precision measurements of cosmic rays’ composition and flux, and searching for antimatter and the origin of dark matter.