The Swan medal
In 2008 Council introduced a medal to recognise contributions to the organisation or application of physics in an industrial or commercial context.
Originally this medal was known as the Business and Innovation Medal, but for 2012 onward the medal has been renamed the Swan Medal of the Institute of Physics in recognition of Sir Joseph Swan.
Joseph Swan was a British physicist and chemist most famous for the invention of the incandescent light bulb, receiving a British patent for the device in 1878. In 1894 Swan was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and was knighted in 1904.
The award shall be made for outstanding contributions to the organisation or application of physics in an industrial or commercial context. The medal will be accompanied by a prize of £1000 and a certificate.