The Bridgman Award is named in honor of P. W. Bridgman (1882-1961), who was Professor of Physics at Harvard University. In 1946 Bridgman won the Nobel Prize in Physics "for the invention of an apparatus to produce extremely high pressures, and for discoveries he made therewith in the field of high pressure physics." He invented the Bridgman anvil apparatus and, over a period of 40 years, he investigated an enormous variety of materials up to ~ 3 GPa (30 kbar) at room temperature. Bridgman was one of the founders of modern high pressure research.
Percy Bridgman (1882-1961) pioneered the use of high pressure to study the minerals of Earth's crust and mantle. Among the honors he received was the 1949 Nobel physics prize. Now Bridgman has the posthumous honor of having a mineral named after him - and not just any mineral: Bridgmanite is the most abundant on Earth.
24th Joint AIRAPT and APS-SCCM International Conference on High Pressure Science and Technology, Seattle, USA, July 7-12, 2013.