President’s medal recipients

2017 
Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell
For her outstanding contributions to physics through pioneering research in astronomy, most notably the discovery of the first pulsars, and through her unparalleled record of leadership within the community.


2016 
Professor John Dudley
Université de Franche-Comté and University of Manchester
For promoting worldwide public awareness of the importance of physics by initiating the International Year of Light, a global year of science outreach reaching millions of people in over a hundred countries.


2014
Professor Douglas J Paul
University of Glasgow, School of Engineering
For his outstanding contributions to the translation of university physics research into advanced technology.


2012 
Professor Brian Cox
University of Manchester
In recognition of his achievements in promoting science to the general public and inspiring the next generation of physicists.


2009
Professor Datuk Dr Mazlan Othman
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
In recognition for her work in developing astronomy education in Malaysia and her leading national and international role in space science, through her setting up of the Malaysian Space Agency and as Director of United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.


2008
Professor Sir Michael Atiyah
University of Edinburgh
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to a broad range of topics in mathematics, many of which have provided highly significant foundations to the development of theoretical physics; and of his eminent leadership within the scientific community.


2006
Sir Timothy Berners-Lee
Director of the World Wide Web Consortium
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of the World Wide Web.


2004
Edouard Brézin


2002
Sir Martin Wood


2000
Jerome I Friedman


1998
Lord Dainton