Payne-Gaposchkin medal recipients

2015
Professor Valery Nakariakov
University of Warwick
For his leadership and major contribution to the discovery of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) activity of the solar corona, which led to transformative changes in our understanding of the solar atmosphere, and to the creation and successful implementation of a new branch of solar physics, MHD coronal seismology.


2013
Professor Peter Norreys
University of Oxford and STFC Rutherford Appleton Laborator
For his pioneering contributions to the physics of fast particle generation and energy transport in relativistic laser- plasma interactions.


2011
Professor Yvonne Elsworth
University of Birmingham
For the development of Helioseismology into a unique quantitative tool probing the deep interior of the Sun, illuminating stellar structure and evolution and the solar neutrino problem.


2009
Professor Eric Priest
St Andrews University
For his numerous major contributions to many of the unsolved problems in solar physics, including magnetic reconnection, coronal heating, phasing-mixing of MHD waves and solar flares.


2008
Dr John William Connor
UKAEA Fusion, Culham Science Centre
For his seminal theoretical contributions to magnetically-confined fusion energy research.