The 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The award was originally made in even-dated years but became annual in 1970.
The award will be made for outstanding contributions to theoretical physics, mathematical or computational physics. This award is intended to recognise physicists early in their careers. The medal will be bronze and will be accompanied by a prize of £1000 and a certificate.