Member news: July 2014

30 June 2014

IOP member James Tate has been awarded the 2014 Plowden Medal of the Royal Warrant Holders Association (RWHA).

IOP member James Tate with RWHA president Alec McQuin

IOP member James Tate has been awarded the 2014 Plowden Medal of the Royal Warrant Holders Association (RWHA). The gold medal is awarded annually to the individual who has made the most significant recent contribution to the advancement of the conservation profession. Tate was head of the department of conservation and analytical research at National Museums Scotland from 1986 until his retirement in 2012. The award was made “in recognition of his significant contribution to the advancement of conservation and his unwavering passion for the application of science in promoting the understanding of artefacts”. The medal was presented to Tate (pictured left) by RWHA president Alec McQuin (right) on 3 June.

IOP honorary fellow Prof. Dame Athene Donald and six other IOP fellows have been named RISE Renowned Fellows by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). RISE, which stands for Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers, is a campaign that seeks to identify eminent figures in their fields as well as the potential leaders of the future. The other six IOP fellows named were Prof. Polina Bayvel (UCL); Prof. Robin Grimes (Imperial College London); Prof. Robert Mackay (University of Warwick); Prof. Sir David Payne (University of Southampton); Prof. Sir John Pendry (Imperial College London); and Prof. Maurice Skolnick (University of Sheffield).