## Katherine Freeman, 2020

For her pioneering and continued contributions to development of the field of compound-specific stable isotope geochemistry and its application to fundamental problems in earth science.

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Earth Sciences

For her pioneering and continued contributions to development of the field of compound-specific stable isotope geochemistry and its application to fundamental problems in earth science.

Economics

For her groundbreaking insights into the history of the American economy, the evolution of gender roles and the interplay of technology, human capital and labor markets.

For his important contributions to labor economics, public finance and applied econometrics.

For various contributions to economic theory and its application to finance, industrial organization and behavioral economics.

For fundamental contributions to the understanding of political institutions, technical change and economic growth.

For fundamental contributions to the understanding of modern international economics and the effects of political institutions on trade policy and economic growth.

For contributions dramatically expanding the understanding of the role of information and incentives in a variety of settings, including auctions, the theory of the firm, and oligopolistic markets.

For rigorously relating economic theory to observed macroeconomic and asset market behavior and for innovations in modeling optimal policy under uncertainty.

For a broad series of highly original contributions to game theory in economics, ranging from analyses of bargaining and repeated games to models of bounded rationality.

For work focused on business cycles and economic fluctuations that has greatly influenced the field of economics, as well as industrial organization, finance, general equilibrium theory, econometrics, and other areas of study.

For pioneering contributions in econometrics and founding modern econometric research on the analysis of discrete choice.

For revolutionizing economics and other social sciences by expanding their analysis to issues of strategies, coalitions and information.

For his work in both empirical and theoretical macroeconomics, and pioneering research analyzing how consumers and firms form expectations about future government policies.

For his analysis of the effects of the public debt on the behavior of the economy in the long run, his revolutionary study of sales and property taxes, and his pioneering of a novel way of thought regarding prosperity and recession.

Mathematics

For her profound contributions to microlocal analysis and mathematical physics, in particular to problems of localization and delocalization of eigenfunctions.

For his profound work on the geometry of metric spaces, which has led to breakthroughs in the theory of algorithms.

For his fundamental contributions to algebraic topology, stable homotopy theory and derived algebraic geometry.

For her numerous and lasting contributions to applied and computational analysis and for the remarkable impact her work has had across engineering and the sciences.

For mathematics of astonishing breadth, depth and originality.

For groundbreaking work in four-dimensional topology, symplectic geometry and gauge theory, and for his remarkable use of ideas from physics to advance pure mathematics.

For his fundamental vision connecting representation theory, automorphic forms and number theory.

For his work in Riemannian geometry, which revolutionized the subject; his theory of pseudoholomorphic curves in symplectic manifolds; his solution of the problem of groups of polynomial growth; and his construction of the theory of hyperbolic groups.

For work revolutionizing the study of dynamical systems and influenced statistical mechanics, probability theory and statistical physics.

For his many contributions to particle physics and string theory.

For his work in the study of finite groups, knot theory, number theory, game theory, coding theory, tiling, and the creation of new number systems.

For distinguished work in applied mathematics, solving problems of wave propagation, mathematical modeling, and analysis of physical phenomena.

For fundamentally contributing to diverse branches of mathematics like algebraic geometry, number theory, and mathematical physics, solving major problems and developing techniques opening new avenues of research.

Medical Science

For her groundbreaking research on Rett syndrome and other neurological disorders.

Music

For his vital contributions to 20th- and 21st-century American music across a variety of instrumental and vocal settings, masterfully fusing classical and popular influences that are uniquely effective at speaking to the human experience.

For her highly acclaimed and wide-ranging compositions that have led to her status as one of the most prolific and frequently performed living composers.

For his wide-reaching impact on contemporary musical composition, particularly through his use of human voices and speech to produce material for musical instruments.

For his musicianship and insight, both as a composer and conductor.

For critically acclaimed compositions marked by their wide-ranging imagination and visceral emotional power.

For melding the physical and musical worlds into a unique artistic vision that transcends stylistic boundaries.

For transforming avant-garde techniques into a world of luminous, shifting color and emotional depth, mirroring the human experience.

For his uniquely focused, vibrantly varied music and his total embrace--as a profoundly influential composer, conductor and educator--of today's musical culture.

For his fusing of a wide range of styles into a voice entirely new and distinctive, and for his connection to and reflection of the world around us.