Friends, former students and family of Professor Cécile DeWitt-Morette and Professor Bryce DeWitt have joined together to establish the Cécile DeWitt-Morette and Bryce Dewitt Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Physics. This endowment will recognize both the incomparable discoveries and contributions to science and society made by Professors DeWitt and DeWitt-Morette, both individually and jointly, which are too numerous to list, as well as the spirit of support, affection, and collegiality they cultivated among their students and collaborators.

Bryce DeWitt was recipient of the Dirac Medal of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, the Pomeranchuk Prize of the Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, the Einstein Prize of the American Physical Society, and with his wife Cécile was jointly awarded the Marcel Grossmann Prize. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Bryce DeWitt passed away in September, 2004.

Cécile DeWitt-Morette was recipient of the Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite, the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques, the Prix du Rayonnement Français, the American Society of the French Legion of Honor Medal for Distinguished Achievement, and with her husband Bryce was jointly awarded the Marcel Grossman Prize. She founded the École de Physique des Houches in Les Houches, France; attendees at the summer school included over twenty students who would go on to be Nobel Prize winners. Cécile DeWitt-Morette passed away in May, 2017.

This endowment will support, in perpetuity, the Department of Physics at the University of Texas at Austin. The Department of Physics has set a goal of raising $1,000,000 in gifts and pledges for the Cécile DeWitt-Morette & Bryce DeWitt Fellowship, making it the most prestigious Physics Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin. All pledges in support of this goal may be paid over a five-year window. Funds distributed annually from the Cécile DeWitt-Morette and Bryce Dewitt Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Physics will be used to support graduate students studying Physics at the University of Texas at Austin.

A group of former students, friends, and family of Professors DeWitt and DeWitt-Morette have made an initial pledge to establish this endowment as an Excellence Fund. In light of the extraordinary opportunity to establish a named fellowship in honor of Cécile DeWitt-Morette and Professor Bryce DeWitt, the Department of Physics and College of Natural Sciences look to their former students, friends, and colleagues to support this initiative.

Exhaustive surveys of the lives, careers, and scientific achievements of these two pioneering Physicists can be found at the History of UT Physics website, maintained by Emeritus Professor of Physics Mel Oakes: click here for Bryce Dewitt; click here for Cécile DeWitt-Morette.


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Bryce and Cecile Dewitt, Photo: AIP.org

Photo: AIP.org

Friends, former students and family of Professor Cécile DeWitt-Morette and Professor Bryce DeWitt have joined together to establish the Cécile DeWitt-Morette and Bryce Dewitt Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Physics.