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Joseph Thomson Medal and Prize recipients

For distinguished contributions to atomic or molecular physics.


2020

Professor Michael Charlton
Swansea University

For scientific leadership in antimatter science, particularly within the ATHENA and ALPHA collaborations, and the formation and study of antihydrogen, including precision two-photon spectroscopy of the 1S – 2S transition.

Find out more about Professor Michael Charlton.

2019

Professor Simon Cornish
Durham University
For outstanding contributions to experiments on ultra-cold atoms and molecules, in particular, the formation of matter-wave solitons and ultra-cold ground state molecules and their interactions.

2016

Professor Jeremy Hutson
Durham University
For his pioneering work on the theory of ultracold molecules, which has provided fundamental insights into ultracold atomic and molecular collisions and which underpins recent experiments to create molecular quantum gases.

2014

Professor Charles S Adams
Durham University
For his insightful and imaginative experiments which have pioneered the field of Rydberg quantum optics, and the understanding of light-matter interactions in systems with strong dipole-dipole interactions.

2012

Professor Michael Köhl
Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge
For his pioneering experimental work in Bose-Einstein condensates and cold Fermi gases.

2010

Professor Gaetana Laricchia
University College London
For her contributions to the development of the world's only positronium beam and its use to probe the properties of atoms and molecules.

2008

Professor Edward Hinds
Imperial College London
For his important and elegant experimental investigations in the fields of atomic physics and quantum optics.