Nobel Prize Recipient Barry Barish named 2019 ΣΑΜ Man of the Year

Dr. Barry Barish (UC Berkeley, ’55), a recipient of the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics, has been awarded Sigma Alpha Mu’s 2019 Achievement Award. Fra Barish is the principal investigator at LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, a collaborative project with over one thousand researchers from more than twenty countries. Barish received the Nobel Prize for his decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.


The Sigma Alpha Mu Achievement Award shall be presented annually to one member of the Fraternity whose achievements in any sphere of life, except Fraternity activities, are deemed such as to merit recognition by the Fraternity, in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the Octagon. As such, this recognition is known as the “Man of the Year.”


He will be presented the Achievement Award at the 2019 Convention Banquet in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, August 10th. He will be joined by his wife, Samoan, and his roommate from Sigma Sigma Chapter house Bruce Lubarsky.


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Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity was founded in 1909 at the College of the City of New York. Sigma Alpha Mu’s Mission is to foster the development of collegiate men and our alumni by instilling strong fraternal values, offering social and service opportunities, encouraging academic excellence and teaching leadership skills. We will continue to attract members of all beliefs who appreciate our great heritage as a fraternity of Jewish men. Sigma Alpha Mu currently has 56 chapters and colonies and more than 57,000 living alumni.