James Clerk Maxwell Medal and Prize

In 1961 the Council of the Institute and Society, recognising that none of the awards within its gift could be given for theoretical physics, introduced a new one to be known as the Maxwell medal and prize intended to encourage younger physicists.

The Maxwell medal

The award was originally made in even-dated years but became annual in 1970.


The award will be made for exceptional early career contributions to theoretical (including mathematical and computational) physics. The medal will be bronze and will be accompanied by a prize of £1000 and a certificate.


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Eligibility for awards

Those eligible for awards should have made a substantial contribution to the development of physics