John William Strutt Medal and Prize

In 2008 Council established the John William Strutt, Lord Rayleigh Medal and Prize.

The physicist behind the medal
Lord Rayleigh was an English physicist who made fundamental discoveries in acoustics and optics – in particular, what is now known as Rayleigh scattering – the elastic scattering of light by particles smaller than its wavelength, which is the reason the sky appears blue – and Rayleigh waves, which are acoustics waves travelling along the surface of a solid.

He also discovered argon, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1904. Rayleigh was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society in 1873 and served as its president from 1905–08, and was a winner of its Copley Medal, Royal Medal and Rumford Medal.

The award shall be made for distinguished contributions to theoretical, (including mathematical and computational) physics. The medal will be silver and will be accompanied by a prize of £1,000 and a certificate.


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