Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize


The IOP is grateful and wishes to acknowledge the sponsorship from AWE . The sponsorship is given to support the purchase of either or both the Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize or the Mary Somerville Medal and Prize, depending on which is awarded in the year.


In 2016 Council established the Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize.

The physicist behind the medal
Daphne Jackson became Britain’s first female professor of physics in 1971 when she was appointed by Surrey University at the age of 34, and later rose to be the dean. She was president of the Women’s Engineering Society and vice-president of the Institute of Physics, after being its youngest ever Fellow. She introduced the returner’s fellowships for women who were having difficulty getting back into science after a career break. After she died, these were named after her and have been a successful means of retraining and giving confidence to women after sometimes long breaks. Many women have benefitted from her initiative.


The award shall be made for exceptional early career contributions to physics education. Medal winners have had significant impact on one or more of the following: the development of teachers, teaching materials, curriculum projects, the assessment process, research in physics education and diversity in physics education.

The medal will be bronze and will be accompanied by a prize of £1,000 and a certificate.


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