Gravity Research Foundation, Awards for Essays for 2024

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Gravity Research Foundation
PO BOX 81389
Wellesley Hills MA 02481-0004,

Roger W. Babson (Founder), George M. Rideout, Jr. (President)

The trustees are pleased to announce the Awards for Essays for 2024.

1. $4,000 – Holographic Inflation, Primordial Black Holes and Early Structure Formation by
Tom Banks, NHETC and Department of Physics, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8019; email: and Willy Fischler, Department of Physics and Texas Cosmology Center, Weinberg Institute, Center for Theory, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712; email:

2. $700 – The Secret Structure of the Gravitational Vacuum by Samir D. Mathur, Department of Physics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA; email:

3. $600 – Universal Acceleration and Fuzzy Dark Matter by Douglas Edmonds, Department of Physics, Penn State Hazleton, Hazleton, PA 18202; email:, Joshua Erlich, Department of Physics, William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23185; email:, Djordje Minic and Tatsu Takeuchi, Department of Physics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061; emails:,

4. $500 – In Search of the Biggest Bangs since the Big Bang by John Ellis1,2, Malcolm Fairbairn1, Juan Urrutia3,4 and Ville Vaskonen4,5,6, 1TPPC Group, Physics Department, King’s College London, Strand WC2R 2LS, UK; 2Theoretical Physics Department, CERN, CH-1211 Geneva 23, Switzerland; 3Keemilise ja Bioloogilise Fuusika Instituut, Ravala pst. 10, 10143 Tallinn, Estonia; 4Department of Cybernetics, Tallinn University of Technology, Akadeemia tee 21, 12618 Tallinn, Estonia; 5Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Universita’ degli Studi di Padova, Via Marzolo 8, 35131 Padova, Italy; 6Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Padova, Via Marzolo 8, 35131 Padova, Italy; emails:,,,

5. $400 – Fully Extremal Black Holes: A Black Hole Graveyard? by Francesco DiFilippo, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, V Holesovickach 2, 180 00 Prague 8, Czech Republic, email: , Stefano Liberati, SISSA – International School for Advanced Studies, Via Bonomea 265, 34136 Trieste, Italy; IFPU – Institute for Fundamental Physics of the Universe, Via Beirut 2, 34104 Trieste, Italy; INFN Sezione di Trieste, Via Valerio 2, 34127 Trieste, Italy; email: and Matt Visser, School of Mathematics and Statistics, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140, New Zealand; email:

Selected for Honorable Mention this year were (listed in alphabetical order): Francesco Alessio and Michele Arzano; Spyros Basilakos, Dimitri V. Nanopoulos, Theodoros Papanikolaou, Emmanuel N. Saridakis and Charalampos Tzerefos; Elmo Benedetto, Christian Corda and Ignazio Licata; Nigel T. Bishop, Vishnu Kakkat, Amos S. Kubeka, Monos Naidoo and Petrus J. van der Walt; Philippe Brax and Pierre Vanhove; Molly Burkmar and Marco Bruni; Juan A. Canas, A. Martin-Ruiz and J. Bernal; Raul Carballo-Rubio and Astrid Eichhorn; Juanca Carrasco-Martinez; Man Ho Chan; S. Mahesh Chandran and S. Shankaranarayanan; Hong Zhe Chen; RY Chiao, NA Inan, DA Singleton, ME Tobar; Sayantan Choudhury; A. A. Coley; Bruno Arderucio Costa; Jesse Daas, Cristobal Laporte, Frank Saueressig and Tim van Dijk; John Bruce Davies; Arthur E. Fischer; T. R. Govindarajan; Eduardo Guendelman; Yuan K. Ha; Shahar Hod; Viqar Husain, Irfan Javed, Sanjeev Seahra and Nomaan X; Lawrence M. Krauss, Francesco Marino, Samuel L. Braunstein, Mir Faizal and Naveed A. Shah; Philip D. Mannheim; Alexander I. Nesterov; Fabrizio Pinto; Tom Rudelius; Jorge G. Russo; Victoria Shenderov, Mark Suppiah, Thomas Beitel, Sreenath K.Manikandan and Igor Pikovski; Tejinder P. Singh; Slava G.Turyshev; C.S.Unnikrishnan; Jenny Wagner

This announcement and abstracts of award-winning and honorable mention essays are posted on our web site, The five award-winning essays are also posted on our website and will be published in the October 2024 SPECIAL ISSUE of the International Journal of Modern Physics D (IJMPD).