Joseph Thomson Medal and Prize

In 2008 Council established the Joseph Thomson Medal and Prize.

The physicist behind the medal
Sir Joseph Thomson was best known for his discovery of the electron: his studies of what were then known as cathode rays showed that those rays must be made up of negatively charged particles much smaller than an atom and with a large charge: mass ratio. Thomson also pioneered mass spectroscopy and found the first evidence for the existence of isotopes of a stable element. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1906 for his investigations of the conduction of electricity by gases.

The award shall be made for distinguished contributions to atomic (including quantum optics) or molecular physics.

Joseph Thomson medal recipients


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