Steven Gubser, a high school student from Englewood, Colo., took first place at the 1989 International Physics Olympiad, held July 14–25 in Warsaw, Poland. His score of 4613 points out of a possible 50 was tops among 150 competitors from 30 countries. The competition consists of a 5-hour theoretical examination for 60% of the score a n d a 5-hour experimental exam for 40%.
Two other U.S. team members won bronze medals: Jason Jacobs of Baldwin, N.Y., and James Sarvis of Alexandria, Va. The U.S. team had 20 students; five went to Warsaw as team repressentatives, including Jessica Millar of Madison, Wise, the youngest competitor (see “Physics Olympiad,” Eos, July 4, page 690). Team members are selected from the hundreds of high school students who are nominated in November for the first qualifying exam.