Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize

In 2016 Council established the Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize.

In 1971, Jackson became Britain’s first female professor of physics when she was appointed by Surrey University at the age of 34, and later rose to be the dean. She was president of the Women’s Engineering Society and vice-president of the Institute of Physics, after being its youngest ever fellow. She introduced the returner’s fellowships for women who were having difficulty getting back into science after a career break. After she died, these were named after her and have been a successful means of retraining and giving confidence to women after sometimes long breaks. Many women have benefitted from her initiative.


The award shall be made for exceptional early career contributions to physics education and to widening participation within it. The medal will be bronze and will be accompanied by a prize of £1,000 and a certificate.