Phillips Award

The Phillips Award is for distinguished service to the Institute of Physics.

This award is for members who have played a significant role in the Institute of Physics. The 2022 IOP Phillips Award will reward innovative ideas or activities that have made major contributions to our objectives, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Nominees may have made contributions to, for example, our nations, branches and groups. 

Examples of service include: 

  • starting a new activity which becomes a sustainable contribution to the IOP’s strategy and charitable purpose
  • establishing a new activity which grows and supports membership and community engagement
  • running a series of major conferences that become an established part of the physics research community
  • embedding activities that make a tangible difference to the way children and the public connect with physics in a meaningful and lasting way 

Making a nomination

You can now make a nomination for the Phillips Award for the 2022 IOP Awards.

We recognise that our members contribute to the IOP in many different ways and we do not have a set of criteria for making a nomination. Nominators will be asked to provide both a short and long citation as part of their nomination. The Phillips Award is open for nomination and self-nomination. Referees and supporting statements are not required.

For support in submitting a nomination, watch our recorded webinar.

About Major CES Phillips

Major CES Phillips was one of the founders of the Institute of Physics and was Honorary Treasurer from 1929 to 1945. He was a pioneer in medical physics and also served as President of the British Institute of Radiology from 1930 to 1931, and as Honorary Secretary of the Royal Institution.



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