The Thomson medal and prize
In 2008 Council established the Thomson medal and prize.
Sir Joseph John Thomson was a British physicist who demonstrated the existence of electrons through his investigations into cathode rays. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1906 in recognition of his theoretical and experimental investigations on the conduction of electricity by gases.
The award is made biennially in even dated years.
The award shall be made for distinguished research in atomic (including quantum optics) or molecular physics. The medal will be accompanied by a prize of £1000 and a certificate.