# Medallists

Isaac Newton medal of the Institute of Physics.

**2018**Professor Paul Corkum

*University of Ottawa and National Research Council of Canada*

For his outstanding contributions to experimental physics and to attosecond science – from the femtosecond scale of the motion of atoms within molecules, to the ultimate attosecond scale of the motion of electrons within atoms – and for pioneering work which has led to the first-ever experimental image of a molecular orbital and the first-ever space–time image of an attosecond pulse. Attosecond techniques can freeze the motion of electrons within atoms and molecules, observe quantum mechanical orbitals, and follow chemical reactions.

**2017**Professor Charles L Bennett

*Johns Hopkins University*

For his leadership of the Microwave Anisotropy Probe, a satellite experiment that revolutionized cosmology, transforming it from an order-of-magnitude game to a paragon of precision science.

**2016**Professor Sir Thomas Kibble

*Imperial College London*

For developing the theory of symmetry-breaking in quantum field theory, which has led to quantitative models for the origin of the masses of elementary particles, together with experimentally verified applications to soliton formation, and models for structure formation in the early universe

**2015**Professor Eli Yablonovitch

*University of California, Berkeley*

For his visionary and foundational contributions to photonic nanostructures.

**2014Professor Deborah Jin**

*National Institute of Standards and Technology and University of Colorado*

For pioneering the field of quantum-degenerate Fermi gases.

**2013Sir John Pendry**

*Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London*

For his seminal contributions to surface science, disordered systems and photonics.

**2012Professor Martin Rees, Lord Rees of Ludlow**

*Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University*

For his outstanding contributions to relativistic astrophysics and cosmology.

**2011****Professor Leo P. Kadanoff**

*University of Chicago*

For inventing conceptual tools that reveal the deep implications of scale invariance on the behavior of phase transitions and dynamical systems.

**2010****Professor Edward Witten**

*Institute for Advanced Studies*

For his many profound contributions that have transformed areas of particle theory, quantum field theory and general relativity.

**2009Professor Alan H Guth**

*Massachusetts Institute of Technology*

For his invention of the inflationary universe model, his recognition that inflation would solve major problems confronting then-standard cosmology, and his calculation, with others, of the spectrum of density fluctuations that gave rise to structure in the universe.

**2008Prof Dr Anton Zeilinger**

*University of Vienna*

For his pioneering conceptual and experimental contributions to the foundations of quantum physics, which have become the cornerstone for the rapidly-evolving field of quantum information.