Holweck Medal is awarded to Isabelle Ledoux-Rak

23 April 2015

Professor Isabelle Ledoux-Rak is to receive this year’s Holweck Medal and Prize, which is awarded jointly by the Institute of Physics (IOP) and the French Physical Society.

Isabelle Ledoux-Rak

The gold medal and prize of €3000 will be presented to Prof. Ledoux-Rak on 16 September at the University of St Andrews, when she will also give the associated Holweck Lecture.

The award has been made to Prof. Ledoux-Rak for her pioneering contributions to our understanding of the nonlinear optical properties of organic materials. She is director of the Quantum and Molecular Photonics Laboratory at the D'Alembert Institute of the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, and her current research is focused on molecular and supramolecular engineering of molecules and materials for photonic applications.

The Holweck Medal and Prize was instituted as a memorial to Fernand Holweck, director of the Curie Laboratory of the Radium Institute of Paris, who was tortured and killed by the Gestapo during the occupation of France in the Second World War. It is awarded in odd-dated years to a physicist based in France and presented in the UK or Ireland, and in even-dated years to a physicist based in the UK or Ireland and presented in France.