Scottish physicists win five out of sixteen IOP medals

20 July 2016

Five out of sixteen IOP awards went to Scottish physicists this year. IOP Awards recognise teams and individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the development or reputation of physics in the UK or Ireland.

The winner of the Swan Medal, Dr Graeme Malcolm, received the award for “his role in founding M Squared Lasers, and his contribution to the design and manufacture of transformative award-winning photonics products”. The IOP’s president, Professor Roy Sambles commented that “the revolutionary technology M Squared develops has global impact” and that this was in no small part due to Malcolm’s drive and commitment to his work.

The Paterson Medal and Prize was awarded to Professor Malte Gather of the University of St Andrews for inventing a way of generating laser light within live cells and pioneering the application of this concept for the life sciences, and for his work on organic LEDs, which find applications in the display industry and in biophotonics.

Stuart Farmer of Robert Gordon’s College won the Bragg Medal and Prize for outstanding contributions to enhance both the teaching and the public image of physics, making classroom science more relevant, attractive and visible.

The Gabor Medal and Prize was won by Professor Martin Dawson of the University of Strathclyde for his vision and leadership in applied photonics, including pioneering contributions to optically pumped semiconductor lasers, diamond photonics and gallium nitride optical microsystems, and for fostering the international development and commercialisation of these technologies.

Professor Sheila Rowan of the University of Glasgow was awarded the Hoyle Medal and prize for having devised and implemented a range of refinements in precision laser interferometers, pioneering aspects of the technology of gravitational wave observatories

Martin Hendry, chair of IOP Scotland said “this is a great outcome for Scottish physics as a whole. Five awards out sixteen is a very impressive Scottish haul.  Well done everybody!”

See the full list of winners and short citations.

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