Honorary fellowship

We invite nominations of exceptional individuals for the award of our highest honour, Honorary Fellow. Our Honorary Fellowships acknowledge physicists who have contributed to physics generally or to the work of the Institute.

An Honorary Fellowship is the highest accolade presented by the Institute of Physics to reflect an individual’s exceptional services to physics. Our community of Honorary Fellows have contributed to the advancement of physics through a range of means and serve as ambassadors for physics, physicists and the IOP.

We welcome nominations for peers you think meet any of the following criteria:

  • have made distinguished contributions to physics, physicists or the IOP
  • are recognised as eminent figures within the community
  • hold influential roles to effect change to support the mission of the IOP.

Honorary Fellows that are successful in their nomination typically display some or all of the following attributes:

  • renowned for sustained research achievement of international significance
  • distinguished contributors to the welfare of physics through government/political service
  • prominent captains of industry that have a strong physics base (harnessing physics-based innovation or physicists in the workforce)
  • recognised leaders in science (and particularly physics) education and public outreach
  • well known supporters of internationally significant physics based programmes.

We encourage nominations that reflect the diversity of physics and are representative of our community as a whole.

Making a nomination

Nominations for the 2019 Honorary Fellowships are now closed. Nominations for the 2020 Honorary Fellowships will open in April 2020.

Learn more about Honorary Fellows and their work



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