Sam Edwards Medal and Prize


In 2016 Council established the Sam Edwards Medal and Prize.

The physicist behind the medal
Born in Wales, Edwards’ work in condensed matter physics started in 1958 with a paper showing that statistical properties of disordered systems (glasses, gels etc) could be described by the Feynman diagram and path-integral methods invented in quantum field theory. During the following 35 years, Edwards worked in the theoretical study of complex materials, such as polymers, gels, colloids and similar systems.

Edwards was a recipient of the IOP’s Maxwell Medal and Prize, the Royal Society’s Davy Medal and Royal Medal, the Dirac Medal of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, and the Boltzmann Medal of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.

The award shall be made for distinguished contributions in soft matter physics. The medal will be silver and will be accompanied by a prize of £1,000 and a certificate.

Sam Edwards medal recipients


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