Theoretical, mathematical or computational physics

In 2008 Council established the John William Strutt, Lord Rayleigh Medal and Prize.

Rayleigh Award Medal

John William Strutt, third Baron Rayleigh, was a British physicist who discovered Argon. He also explained how light scattering is responsible for red colour of sunset and blue colour of sky. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics in 1904.


The award shall be made for distinguished contributions to theoretical, (including mathematical and computational) physics. The medal will be silver and will be accompanied by a prize of £1,000 and a certificate.