Phillips Award recipients2014
Bob Boutland was a founding member of the Physics Communicators Group in 2008, serving on the interim committee and then the full committee, editing the newsletter. He was then treasurer of the Physics Communicators Group from 2009 to 2012 and carried out all his duties with the greatest esteem.
Bob has been an active member of the London and South East Branch of the IOP for many years. He is currently treasurer and has previously acted as Educational Representative on the committee. Bob is also editor of the London and South East Branch newsletter and website, and is actively involved in organising their programme of events.
A retired physics school teacher, Bob still ensures that his teaching skills are put to good use taking Physics In Primary Schools (PIPS) presentations into primary schools (www.iop.org/pips) and encouraging others to do the same. He is a regular judge of IOP physics prizes across the south east, such as the Big Bang Fair. He also organises regular events for schools exploring the physics of music with the Woofyt, a 1-octave wooden organ that pupils have to play together.
Bob typifies the contributions from IOP members that keep the activities of the Institute running, generously contributing hundreds of hours of energy, enthusiasm, and commitment over many years.
Ann Marks MBE CPhys FInstP and Neil Marks CPhys FInstP (Joint Award)
Ann and Neil Marks (joint award) have made significant contributions to the IOP throughout their professional careers, with a particular emphasis on Merseyside, education and public engagement.
They have succeeded each other as chair of the Merseyside Branch and as the branches’ representative on Council. In their time leading Merseyside they initiated the branch teachers’ visits to CERN and promoted other initiatives, including the successful annual Liverpool Teachers Conference and partnerships with other societies and institutes in the area.
Ann has also been a leading member of the Women in Physics Group since its inception, serving as chair and representing the IOP at the IUPAP Women in Physics Conferences. She established an annual IOP award for early career women physicists, with a commercially sponsored prize. She has served on Group Coordinating Committee, Diversity Committee and (still) Physics Communicators Group Committee. In addition she chaired Nations and Regions Board and was a member of its Branches Review Working Party. She has played a major role in the Physics in Primary Schools (PIPS) project, which now has wide international recognition.
As Nations and Regions Board chair Neil successfully steered through the sometimes complex issues in connection with the roles for the newly created IOP Regional Representatives. During his service on the Audit and Risk Committee Neil defined IOP procurement procedures. He was awarded the inaugural Particle Accelerators and Beams Group prize for outstanding professional contributions.
John Colligon CPhys FInstP
Prof. John Colligon was secretary of the Atomic Collisions in Solids Group and brought it into the IOP group structure during the early 1970s. It remains an active IOP group, now known as the Ion and Plasma Surface Interactions (IPSI) Group. For this founding role, and a term as chair, the IPSI Group made him an honorary life member.
He was a committee member, secretary and chair of the Vacuum Science Group and his links with the International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications, during his time as recording secretary and secretary general, allowed him to create the European Vacuum Conference.
In 2003 he became chair of the IOP’s Surface Science and Technology Division, which had three groups. He obtained Council approval to change its name to the Applied Physics and Technology Division: this had 17 groups. A new conference was established, Novel Applications of Surfaces and Materials, which has run every two years or so.
He has served on Council, and on his branch committee, and given talks at events organised by the branch, including its teachers’ conference. He was chair of the IOP’s Audit and Risk Committee for three years.
Lisa Jardine-Wright has worked tirelessly and creatively to expand the reach and range of activities organised by the East Anglia Branch, most recently as the branch’s chair.
As part of her outreach activities at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, Jardine-Wright runs the annual “Physics at Work” week, attracting more than 2000 secondary students from across southern England. Although this has run for many years, she makes a huge commitment to ensuring, and expanding, its success each year.
She has also taken the branch’s annual physics event, historically held in Cambridge, to a local school in Ipswich, with further expansion to Norwich this year. The event attracts young children from age five and up with a range of activities, talks and demonstrations, with the most recent attracting approximately 400 people.
Jardine-Wright has pioneered the use of video conferencing tools to reach schools across the region and well beyond, and she instigated the “Three Minute Wonder” competition held in January.
Colin Latimer has made significant contributions to the Institute for nearly 40 years. He has been a committee member, secretary and chair of the Atomic and Molecular Interaction Group, the Institute of Physics in Ireland (1980–89) and the Division of Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics (DAMOPP) (1999–2005).
As chair of DAMOPP he played a pivotal role in the establishment of a new national conference following the International Review of Physics in 2005. He has served on Council as a division representative (2002–06), and as honorary treasurer
(2007–11), in which role he brought fresh thinking to IOP procedures, challenging accepted norms and encouraging officers and committee members to reconsider practices.
He is honorary treasurer of the European Physical Society and has been a member of IOP Publishing’s board and the management board of the New Journal of Physics, and honorary editor of Journal of Physics B.
Latimer has contributed not just a huge amount of time to the IOP, but also flexible thinking and a range of creative ideas that have improved the IOP’s activities and its role in the physics community.