Henry Moseley Medal and Prize

In 2008 Council established the Henry Moseley Medal and Prize.

This has been known previously as the Boys Medal and Prize. Originally Sir Charles Vernon Boys (President of The Physical Society 1916-18) bequeathed £1000 to the Society in 1944 "to be used to found a Boys Prize or a Boys Lecture or to be used in other manner at the discretion of the Council of the Society to further interest in experimental physics".

In 1992 Council decided that this award should be changed to a medal and prize. In 1994 Council further decided that the award should be given to early career physicists and in 2008 that it be known as the Henry Moseley Medal and Prize.

The physicist behind the medal
Henry Moseley was an English experimental physicist when 1906 he started at the University of Oxford where he received his BS in 1910. After his graduation he became an assistant to Sir Ernest Rutherford at the University of Manchester, shortly afterwards through experimenting with radioactive beta particles he invented the first atomic battery.

In early 1914 Moseley resigned from Manchester, turned down a job at Oxford to enlist in the Royal Engineers of the British Army. Moseley was killed during the Battle of Gallipoli on 10 August 1915, at the age of 27. After his death the British government no longer allowed its prominent scientists to serve in combat duty. It is speculated that had he not died he would have received the 1916 Nobel Prize for Physics.

The award will be made for exceptional early career contributions to experimental physics. The medal shall be silver and shall be accompanied by a prize of £1000 and a certificate.


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