2015 Recipient

Dr. Frances Hellman 

photo of Frances Hellman

Frances Hellman has devoted her career to educating students and advancing the field of physics to future generations. Born in England, she earned her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College and received her Ph.D. in applied physics at Stanford University. Hellman was a professor of physics at UC San Diego for nearly 20 years before joining the Physics Department at UC Berkeley in 2005, where she was chair of the department from 2007-2013. She was recently appointed dean of the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences in the College of Letters and Science.

In 1994 Hellman helped to create and now runs the Hellman Fellows Fund which supports academic research through two programs: the Hellman Fellows Program and a pilot program at UC Berkeley that provides doctoral student support on campus.

Her accolades and awards are too many to name, but include Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, recipient of the American Physical Society’s Keithley Instrumentation Award, Fellow of the American Physical Society and memberships on the Board on Physics and Astronomy, the Elementary Institute of Science (in San Diego) and the San Francisco Exploratorium, where she is currently a scientist-in-residence, following a fall, 2014 sabbatical leave there.