IOP President Sheila Rowan receives the Philip Leverhulme Lifetime Achievement Award
13 March 2023
Professor Rowan recognised for gravitational waves research and significant contribution to the physics community.
IOP President Professor Sheila Rowan has been awarded the inaugural Philip Leverhulme Lifetime Achievement Award for her research in gravitational physics and her significant contribution to the physics community.
This is the second award Professor Rowan has received from the Leverhulme Trust, the first one being the Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2005.
IOP Deputy Chief Executive Rachel Youngman said: “This is a wonderful and well-deserved recognition of Sheila’s groundbreaking gravitational waves research and her lifelong commitment to bring to the forefront the importance of diversity and creating an inclusive environment for all physicists.
“We are delighted that our President has been recognised by the Leverhulme Trust.”
The Award recognises Professor Rowan for two aspects of her career: her landmark work on advancing the detection of gravitational waves and her exemplary scientific leadership and broader contributions to the scientific community and beyond.
Niall FitzGerald, Chairman of the Leverhulme Trust Board, said: “The Trust clearly knew what it was doing when it awarded Professor Rowan her original prize in 2005. We strongly believe that recognition for this kind of community service is vital; many congratulations Sheila, for a well-deserved award.”
Created in 2001, the Philip Leverhulme Prizes are prestigious awards for “rising-star academics who have achieved the highest distinction early in their career and show particularly strong future promise”.