Phillips Award for distinguished service to the IOP goes to Heather Williams

9 November 2017

Medical physicist Dr Heather Williams was presented with the 2017 Phillips Award for distinguished service to the IOP at the Institute’s Awards Dinner on 7 November.

Phillips Award for distinguished service to the IOP goes to Heather Williams

Williams was recognised in particular for her service through the Institute’s Women in Physics Group (WIPG), which she chaired until autumn this year, while the citation for the award also commends her for helping to establish the annual Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics and supporting the coordination of the IUPAP International Conference for Women in Physics.

Her membership of the WIPG also spurred her to establish ScienceGrrl, a national network of more than 25,000 enthusiasts for celebrating and supporting women in science.

Williams is a senior medical physicist for nuclear medicine at Central Manchester University Hospitals and an honorary lecturer in the Centre for Imaging Sciences at the University of Manchester. She regularly gives interviews in print and broadcast media and speaks at festivals and science conferences to raise the profile of medical physics and the IOP.

The Phillips Award, which was established in 2011, is given annually for innovative ideas or activities that have made a major contribution to the Institute’s objectives; a leading role in one of the IOP’s groups or branches or in its formal governance through its Council, boards or committees; or a significant contribution to the external influence of the IOP.