IoP 2010 Award Winners Announced

The Institute of Physics has announced its 2010 Award Winners.

The Isaac Newton Medal, for outstanding contribution to Physics, which is accompanied by a certificate, £1,000 and the offer of a lecture, has been awarded to Professor Edward Witten of the Institute for Advanced Studies for work on particle theory, quantum field theory and general relativity.

The Business and Innovation Medal, for outstanding contributions to the organisation or application of physics in an industrial or commercial context has been awarded to Professor Sir Michael Pepper of UCL for translating advances in semiconductor physics into the commercial arena.

The Dirac Medal, for outstanding contributions to theoretical (including computational or mathematical) physics, accompanied by £1,000 and a certificate, is awarded to Professor James Binney of Rudolf Peierls Institute for Theoretical Physics, Oxford University, for contributions to understanding how galaxies are constituted, how they form and how they work.

The Faraday Medal, for outstanding contribution to experimental physics of a physicist with an international reputation in any sector, accompanied by £1,000 and a certificate, is awarded to Professor Athene Donald of the University of Cambridge for her highly original investigations of the structures of natural and synthetic polymers.

The Glazebrook Medal for leadership in a physics capacity – eg a national laboratory or large facility – accompanied by £1,000 and a certificate, has been awarded to Professor Peter Roberts of the Atomic Weapons Establishment for leadership in the design, physics and safety of nuclear weapons.

The Appleton Medal and Prize for distinguished research in environmental, Earth or atmospheric physics, accompanied by £1,000 and a certificate, has been awarded to Dr Myles Allen of the University of Oxford for important contributions to the detection and attribution of human influence on climate and the quantification of uncertainty in climate prediction.

The Franklin Medal and Prize for distinguished research into physics applied to the life sciences, accompanied by £1,000 and a certificate, has been awarded to Professor Thomas Duke of UCL for the application of physical principles to the development of elegant molecular sorting devices, for providing new insights into the organising principles of cells and for his primary contributions to a new generation of theories of how the inner ear works.

The Gabor Medal and Prize for distinguished work in the application of physics in an industrial, commercial or business context, including work that has enhanced the economic or social well being of the UK or Ireland, accompanied by £1,000 and a certificate, has been awarded to Professor Pratibha L Gai of the University of York for her pioneering development of atomic – resolution environmental transmission electron microscopy and its application to instrument manufacture and industrial processing.

The Hoyle Medal and Prize for distinguished research in astrophysics, gravitational physics or cosmology, accompanied by £1,000 and a certificate, has been awarded to Professor Carlos S Frenk of the Institute for Computational Cosmology, University of Durham, for his major contributions to the development of the now widely accepted cold dark matter model by using cosmological simulations, novel methods for calculating the physics of galaxy formation and analysis of galaxy surveys.

The Rutherford Medal and Prize for distinguished research in nuclear physics or nuclear technology, accompanied by a prize of £1000 and a certificate, has been awarded to Professor Martin Freer of the University of Birmingham for establishing the existence of nuclear configurations analogous to molecules and demonstrating the existence of nucleon-clustering in key light nuclei, a long-standing issue in the field.

The Thomson Medal and Prize for distinguished research in atomic or molecular physics, accompanied by £1,000 and a certificate, has been awarded to Professor Gaetana Laricchia of UCL for her contributions to the development of the world’s only positronium beam and its use to probe the properties of atoms and molecules.

The Maxwell Medal and Prize for outstanding contributions to theoretical physics, mathematical or computational physics by physicists early in their careers, accompanied by £1,000 and a certificate, has been awarded to Dr Peter Haynes of Imperial for his work on linear-scaling methods for large-scale first-principles simulation of materials based on density-functional theory, in particular his leading role in the development of the ONETEP code used in both academe and industry.

The Moseley Medal and Prize for distinguished research in experimental physics by physicists early in their careers, accompanied by £1,000 and a certificate, has been awarded to Professor Jeremy O’Brien of the University of Bristol for his outstanding contributions to experimental quantum optics and quantum information science and in particular for pioneering the field of integrated quantum photonics.

The Paterson Medal and Prize for distinguished research in applied physics by physicists early in their careers, accompanied by £1,000 and a certificate, has been awarded to Professor Stefan Maier of Imperial for his important contributions to the fields of plasmonics and plasmonic metamaterials.

The Bragg Medal and Prize for significant contributions to physics education, accompanied by £1,000 and a certificate, has been awarded to Peter Campbell of the Science Learning Centre, London for his leading role in a wide range of projects that have made a significant impact on the physics curriculum and the teaching of physics.

The Kelvin Medal and Prize for outstanding contributions to the public understanding of physics, accompanied by a certificate and £1,000, has been awarded to Professor Brian Cox of the University of Manchester for communicating the appeal and excitement of physics to the general public through the broadcast media.

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