# Dirac medal recipients

**2015**Professor John David Barrow

*University of Cambridge*

For his combination of mathematical and physical reasoning to increase our understanding of the evolution of the universe, and his use of cosmology to increase our understanding of fundamental physics.

**2014**Professor Tim Palmer

*University of Oxford*

For the development of probabilistic weather and climate prediction systems.

**2013**Professor Stephen Mark Barnett

*University of Strathclyde*

For his wide ranging contributions throughout optics research, which both inspire and lead experimental endeavours.

**2012**Professor Graham Garland Ross

*Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics, University of Oxford*

For his theoretical work in developing both the Standard Model of fundamental particles and forces and theories beyond the Standard Model that have led to many new insights into the origins and nature of the universe.

**2011**

Professor Christopher Isham*Imperial College London*For his major contributions to the search for a consistent quantum theory of gravity and to the foundations of quantum mechanics.

**2010**

Professor James Binney*Rudolf Peierls Institute for Theoretical Physics,* *Oxford University*

For his contribution to our understanding of how galaxies are constituted, how they work and how they were formed.

**2009**

Professor Michael Cates*University of Edinburgh*

For pioneering work in the theoretical physics of soft materials, particularly in relation to their flow behaviour.

**2008**

Professor Bryan Webber*University of Cambridge*

For his pioneering work in understanding and applying quantum chromodynamics (QCD), the theory of the strong interaction which is one of the three fundamental forces of Nature.

**2007**

David Sherrington*University of Oxford*

For his pioneering work in spin glasses.

**2006**

Michael Gillan*University College London*

For his contributions to the development of atomic-scale computer simulations, which have greatly extended their power and effectiveness across an immense range of applications.

**2005**

John Ellis*Theory Division, Physics Department, CERN*

For his highly influential work on particle physics phenomenology; in particular on the properties of gluons, the Higgs boson and the top quark.

**2004**

Michael B Green

**2003**

Christopher Michael Hull

**2002**

John Howard Hannay

**2001**

Brian Kidd Ridley

**2000**

John Lawrence Cardy

**1999**

Ian C Percival

**1998**

David Deutsch

**1997**

Peter Ware Higgs

**1996**

John Brian Pendry

**1995**

Daniel Frank Walls

**1994**

Volker Heine

**1993**

David James Thouless

**1992**

Anthony James Leggett

**1991**

Rudolf Ernst Peierls

**1990**

Michael Victor Berry

**1989**

Roger Penrose

**1988**

John Stewart Bell

**1987**

Stephen William Hawking