125 years of APS: Bold history, bright future

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 L. Cifarelli    28-03-2024     Leggi in PDF

In 2024, the American Physical Society (APS) is celebrating 125 years since that famous first meeting in 1899, when 34 men and 2 women gathered at Columbia University in New York to ploclaim the mission of the new Society to be "to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics."

Now the APS provides a welcoming hub to 50,000 members from more than 100 countries. It publishes 17 leading physics journals, hosts nearly 30,000 physicists every year at its scientific meetings, and offers a variety of programs to support physics students.

"Today, more than ever, physics is a global enterprise, and I very much look forward to strong collaboration between APS and physics societies around the world to advance physics. Together, I hope that anyone who identifies as a physicist or has an interest in physics should feel welcome in our physics societies", says Young-Kee KIM, APS President 2024.

Throughout 2024, the APS will be commemorating its 125th anniversary and looking to the future, also with a special video that can be watched here.


Luisa Cifarelli – Emeritus Professor of experimental physics at the University of Bologna. She has carried out research in subnuclear physics and astroparticle physics at the major European laboratories. Member of the Academia Europaea and the Academy of Sciences of Bologna, honorary president of the Italian Physical Society, she has been president of the European Physical Society and of the "Enrico Fermi" Historical Museum of Physics and Research and Study Center in Italy. She is currently International Councillor of the American Physical Society.