Industrial application of physics

In 2008 Council established the Denis Gabor Medal and Prize.

The Gabor medal and prize

This had originally been known as the Duddell medal and prize, which was instituted in 1923 as a memorial to William du Bois Duddell, the inventor of the electromagnetic oscillograph.

Dennis Gabor was a Hungarian – British physicist who invented the technique of holography, a method of photographical recording and reproducing three dimensional images.  He received the1971 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work.

Between 1961 and 1973 the award was made in alternate years, from 1975 it was awarded annually and from 2009 in even-dated years until 2017.


The award will be made for distinguished contributions to the application of physics in an industrial, commercial or business context. The medal will be silver and will be accompanied by a prize of £1000 and a certificate.

Denis Gabor Medal recipients