Phillips Award

The Phillips Award was established in 2011 to recognise individuals who have given distinguished service to the Institute of Physics.

Major C E S Phillips was one of the founders of the Institute of Physics in 1920 and served as Honorary Treasurer from 1929 to 1945. He was a distinguished pioneer in medical physics and also served as President of the British Institute of Radiology in 1930-31 and Honorary Secretary of the Royal Institution.

The range of ways in which members contribute to the Institute makes it impossible to produce a set of criteria which are exhaustive, flexible and avoid simply long service. Therefore, the onus is on the nominator(s) to make the case within some simple, broad headings and guidelines. The headings are:

Innovative ideas or activities which have made a major contribution to IOP objectives

  • A leading role in one or more of the groups and branches
  • A leading role in the Institute’s formal governance – Council or its committees*
  • A significant contribution to external influence of IOP.

It is expected that the nominee will have made a significant contribution such as initiating a new area of activity within a group, branch or the Institute generally e.g. a new local centre, major conference or public activity.

*Current members of Council are not eligible for the Phillips Award. Any nominations received for a person on Council will be held over for consideration at the next sitting of the Nominations Committee; after they have they have stepped down from their position

Submitting a nomination
Nominations for the Philips Award are provided to the Nominations, once a year, in April.  Nominations can be submitted at any time throughout the year. For consideration in 2018, nominations must be received by Friday, 23 March 2018.  

Download the nomination form


  • View the recipients of the award's citations.

last edited: January 25, 2018