Dirac Prize

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Confusingly, there are two prominent awards in the field of theoretical physics and mathematics commonly known as the Dirac Prize, awarded by different organizations.

The Dirac Medal of the ICTP is given each year by the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics(ICTP) in honour of physicist P.A.M. Dirac. The award, given each year on August 8 (Dirac's birthday), was first awarded in 1985.

An international committee of distinguished scientists selects the winners from a list of nominated candidates. The Committee invites nominations from scientists working in the fields of theoretical physics or mathematics.

The Dirac Medal is not awarded to Nobel Laureates, Fields Medallists, or Wolf Prize winners.

The Medallists also receive a prize of US$ 5,000.

The Paul Dirac Medal and Prize is awarded annually by the Institute of Physics for "outstanding contributions to theoretical (including mathematical and computational) physics". The award was decided upon by the Institute of Physics in 1985, and first granted in 1987.

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