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November 23, 2001

AWARDS AND PRIZES

Institute of Physics
The 2002 Awards have been made to 16 individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development, management, understanding and communication of physics worldwide:

Glazebrook Medal and Prize
Professor George Ernest Kalmus , Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, for his leadership and promotion of particle physics in the UK and internationally.

Guthrie Medal and Prize

Professor Penelope Jane Brown , Loughborough University, for her outstanding contribution to the field of neutron scattering, especially in the area of polarisation phenomena in scattering processes.

Paul Dirac Medal and Prize

Professor John Howard Hannay , University of Bristol, for his outstanding contribution to theoretical physics in the areas of quantum mechanics, classical mechanics and optics.

Charles Vernon Boys Medal and Prize

Professor Sembukuttiarachilage R. P. Silva , University of Surrey, for his outstanding contribution to experimental physics in the development of electronic materials for advanced device applications, particularly in carbon based electronics.

Bragg Medal and Prize

Robert Lambourne
, Open University, and Michael Harry Tinker , University of Reading, awarded jointly for their contribution to physics education particularly through the development of the Flexible Learning Approach to Physics.

Charles Chree Medal and Prize

Peter Thomas Woods
, National Physical Laboratory, for his contributions to environmental metrology, in particular the detection and monitoring of atmospheric trace gases and air pollution.

Duddell Medal and Prize

Federico Capasso
, Bell Laboratories, for his contributions to engineering materials and solid-state devices, in particular the invention and demonstration of the quantum cascade laser.

Kelvin Medal and Prize

Peter Ignaz Paul Kalmus
, professor at Queen Mary, University of London, for his contributions to the public understanding of physics through public talks, lectures and other activies.

Maxwell Medal and Prize

John Schofield
, Birmingham University, for his outstanding contributions to the physics of highly correlated systems, particularly his efforts to develop novel experiments that reveal the underlying physics of emergent phenomena in materials.

Mott Medal and Prize

Professor Maurice Sidney Skolnich , Sheffield University, for his major contributions to the understanding of excitons, defects and interaction phenomena in semiconductors.

Paterson Medal and Prize

Polina Bayvel
, University College London, for her contributions to research in fundamental aspects of non-linear optics and their applications in optical communications systems.

Rutherford Medal and Prize

Professor Peter John Dornan , Imperial College, David Plane, professor at CERN and Wilber Venus, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, awarded jointly for their major contributions to the development of the detectors of the Large Electron Positron Collider and their leadership of the international ALEPH, OPAL and Delphi experiments.

President's Medal

Martin Wood
, Oxford Instruments, for his outstanding contributions to physics and its application, in particular his entrepreneurial role as founder of Oxford Instruments.


University of the West of England

The following honorary degrees have been awarded:

Doctor of Education
Janet Trotter
, vice-principal at St Martin's College, Lancaster, soon afterwards she became principal of St Paul and St Mary's College in Cheltenham. In 1990 Janet Trotter became the founder director of the Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, in recognition of her outstanding leadership of the newly designated University of Gloucester. In March 1996 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Janus Pannonius University, Pécs, Hungary.

Doctor of Business Administration
Donald Cameron
, founder of Cameron Balloons, in recognition of his outstanding scientific, design, and entrepreneurial achievements and their important contribution to the story and reputation of Bristol. In 1972 hereceived the Royal Aeronautical Club Bronze Medal, the first awarded for hot air airships. A year later he was awarded the Royal Aeronautical Club Silver Medal for the first balloon flight over the Swiss Alps. In the same year he received the Lighter Than Air Society (USA) Achievement Award for the development of the first hot air ship.


University of Teesside

The following titles have been conferred:

Master of Science
Tanni Grey-Thompson
, is Britain’s best-known Paralympic athlete who won four gold medals in the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. In 2001 Tanni was admitted to the World Sports Academy;

Roy Brown , until recently, deputy chief executive of the Tees Valley Training & Enterprise Council and also director of Lifelong Learning.

Master of Arts
Vin Garbutt
, musician, Teesside's roving ambassador of folk music for nearly 30 years, performing in the Unites States, Canada and Europe.

Doctor of Science
Harry Smith
, until recently professor of botany and director of the Botanic Garden at the University of Leicester and a fellow of the Royal Society;

Joe Herbst
, emeritus professor of the University of Teesside,  he was previously head of instrumentation and control engineering.

Doctor of Letters
Dame Deirdre Hine
, chair of the Commission for Health Improvement, and former Chief Medical Officer at the Welsh Office.


The Royal Irish Academy

The following scholars have been awarded with a Cunningham Medal for their outstanding contribution to scholarship and to the objectives of the Academy:

Daniel Bradley , scientists and leader in the development of ultra-fast, pulsed lasers until his retirement in 1984. He held chairs at the Queen's University, Belfast (1966-73); Imperial College, London (1973-80); and Trinity College, Dublin (1980-4). He was to the fore in the development of the field of opto-electronics, a field that is now central to modern communications and information technology.

Maurice Craig
, architectural historian. His most famous book, Dublin 1660-1860 kneads together history, personalities and the building styles of a capital city in its most crucial phase of development. He was an inspector of ancient monuments with the British Ministry of Works and later  worked for An Taisce and An Foras Forbartha.

Bernard Crossland , emeritus professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at the Queen's University of Belfast. His area of expertise is metal fatigue, explosive welding and friction welding and he is often called upon as an expert witness at public enquiries such as King's Cross fire investigation 1988) and the Southall and Ladbrooke Grove rail accidents (2000).

David Beers Quinn
, professor emeritus of modern history at the University of Liverpool. His work was the first to examine the earliest contacts between Europe and the Americas.


Delwart International Scientific Prize

This year's prize has been awarded to Andrew Whiten , a fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, he was appointed one of the university's distinguished Wardlaw Professors in 2000.policy, Professor Herbst has made a major contribution to the history of the University.   

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