Atomic, molecular, optics and quantum technologies
Thomas Young Medal and Prize
This award was originally "The Thomas Young Oration" of the Optical Society, instituted in 1907; it was to be 'on an optical subject'.
After the Optical Society was amalgamated with The Physical Society of London in 1932 to become The Physical Society, the Council of the latter society appointed the orator. The Council of the amalgamated Institute of Physics and The Physical Society in 1961 changed the award to a medal and prize.
Thomas Young was a British physicist who established the wave theory of light, demonstrated through a number of experiments. He was a respected physician and Egyptologist.
The award shall be made for distinguished contributions to optics, including work related to physics outside the visible region. The medal will be silver and will be accompanied by a prize of £1,000 and a certificate.
Joseph Thomson Medal and Prize
In 2008 Council established the Joseph Thomson Medal and Prize.
Sir Joseph John Thomson was a British physicist who demonstrated the existence of electrons through his investigations into cathode rays. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1906 in recognition of his theoretical and experimental investigations on the conduction of electricity by gases.
The award shall be made for distinguished contributions to atomic (including quantum optics) or molecular physics. The medal will be silver and will be accompanied by a prize of £1,000 and a certificate.