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John William Strutt, Lord Rayleigh Medal and Prize recipients

For distinguished contributions to theoretical (including mathematical and computational) physics.


2020

Professor Kellogg Stelle
Imperial College London

For his seminal contributions to fundamental physics: the first quantum theory of gravity, the construction of braneworld cosmologies, and the discovery of the supermembrane and fundamental work on supersymmetric field theories and supergravity.

Find out more about Professor Kellogg Stelle.

2019

Professor Nigel Cooper
University of Cambridge
For profound contributions to the quantum theory of many-particle systems, concerning both topological phases of cold atoms in artificial gauge fields and novel phenomena in electronic materials.

2018

Dr Owen Saxton
Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge
For his contributions to the Gerchberg-Saxton computer algorithm, decades ahead of its time but now prevalent in phase retrieval, and for his foundational image processing programs, still influential in front line electron microscopy.

2017

Professor Nigel Glover
Durham University
For pioneering new methods for the application of perturbative quantum chromodynamics to high-energy processes involving energetic jets, leading to sophisticated simulation codes that are being used to describe LHC data.

2015

Professor Christopher Pickard
University College London
For his development of new theories and computational tools for the first principles investigation of matter, which have greatly aided the interpretation of magnetic resonance experiments, have revealed a range of unexpected phenomena in materials at extreme pressures, and increasingly underpin computational materials discovery.

2013

Professor Edmund Copeland
University of Nottingham
For his work on particle/string cosmology from the evolution of cosmic superstrings, to the determination of the nature of Inflation in string cosmology and to constraining dynamical models of dark energy and modified gravity.

2011

Professor Arkady Tseytlin
Imperial College London
For his contributions to the understanding of string theory and of its relation to conventional quantum field theories, and in particular to non-abelian gauge theories that form the basis for our current theoretical description of elementary particle interactions.

2009

Professor Robin Ball
University of Warwick
For his outstanding contributions to the understanding of diverse complex phenomena associated with growth processes and pattern formation.

2008

Professor John Chalker
University of Oxford
For important original and innovative contributions to solid-state physics, particularly in the area of exotic quantum phenomena.