Richard Glazebrook Medal and Prize

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. In 1992 Council decided that the Richard 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 physicist behind the medal
Richard Glazebrook was an English physicist who studied under James Clerk Maxell and Lord Rayleigh at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge. His work focused on electrical standards, and Glazebrook determined the correct length of a mercury column to express the absolute value of the ohm. He was a winner of the Royal Society’s Hughes Medal and Royal Medal, and the Royal Society of Arts’ Albert Medal.

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.

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.