Paul Dirac Medal and Prize

The Dirac medal

Council, recognising that the Institute did not have an open award specifically for theoretical physics, decided in 1985 to introduce a new medal and prize to be named after Paul Dirac an Honorary Fellow, who had died the previous year.

The first award was made in 1987. In 1992 Council decided that the Paul Dirac Medal and Prize Dirac should become one of the Premier Awards, and then from 2008 that it should be one of its Gold medals.


The award shall be made for outstanding and sustained contributions to theoretical (including mathematical and computational) physics. The medal will be gold and shall be accompanied by a prize of £1000 and a certificate.