Richard Glazebrook Medal and Prize

The Glazebrook medal

The Council of the Institute of Physics and The Physical Society instituted the Richard Glazebrook Medal and Prize in 1965. The first award was made in 1966. The medal was to be named after a physicist who was interested in applying physics. Council selected the name of Glazebrook from the several suggested.

He was the first Director of the National Physical Laboratory and was also responsible for the foundation of the Aeronautical Research Council. He was the first President of the Institute of Physics and will also be remembered as the Editor of the Dictionary of Applied Physics. In 1992 the Council decided that the Glazebrook medal and prize 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 leadership in a physics context. The medal will be gold and will be accompanied by a prize of £1000 and a certificate.