Nuclear and particle physics
Ernest Rutherford Medal and Prize
The Council of The Physical Society instituted the Rutherford Memorial Lecture in 1939, in memory of Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson. Lord Rutherford was the father of nuclear physics, discovering the concept of radioactive half-life, proved that radioactivity involved the transmutation of one chemical element to another. In 1908 he received the Nobel Prize for chemistry for this work.
Owing to the outbreak of war, the first Rutherford Memorial lecture was not given until 1942. In 1965 the Council decided that, in view of the changed conditions since the lecture was established, this should become a medal and prize. The first award was made in 1966.
The award shall be made for distinguished contributions to nuclear physics or nuclear technology. The medal will be silver and will be accompanied by a prize of £1,000 and a certificate.
James Chadwick Medal and Prize
In 2008 Council decided to establish the James Chadwick Medal and Prize
Sir James Chadwick was a British physicist who proved the existence of neutrons, a fundamental discovery in the area of nuclear science. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics in 1935.
The award shall be made for distinguished contributions to particle physics. The medal will be silver and will be accompanied by a prize of £1,000 and a certificate.