James Joule Medal and Prize

In 2008 Council decided to establish the James Joule Medal and Prize.

The physicist behind the medal
James Joule was an English physicist and mathematician who uncovered the relationships between heat and mechanical work, and, later, electricity. Joule’s work disproved the then-popular caloric theory of heat, and led to the principle of conservation of energy and to modern thermodynamics. The unit of energy, the joule, is named after him. Joule was a fellow of the Royal Society and a winner of its Copley Medal and Royal Medal, as well as the Royal Society of Arts’ Albert Medal.

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







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