Dirac medal recipients

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