Institute of Physics announces 2013 award winners and four new honorary fellows

1 July 2013

The Institute of Physics (IOP) today, Monday 1 July 2013, announces this year’s award winners with the Isaac Newton Medal, IOP’s International Medal, going to Professor Sir John Pendry.

Professor John Pendry

Known widely for his work on metamaterials, he receives the award for “his seminal contributions to surface science, disordered systems and photonics”. 

Having been involved in research for more than 45 years, his interests have spanned the theory of surfaces and low-energy diffraction, X-ray spectroscopy and, in more recent years, the theory of metamaterials.  

It is his work on the theory of metamaterials, the perfect lens and transformation optics that have led to popular imaginings of invisibility cloaks.

Professor Sir Peter Knight, IOP’s President, said, “In his illustrious career, John has revolutionised the way physicists think of materials and, in particular, the way materials react to light.

“His theories have inspired experimentalists around the world to design metamaterial devices, including, of course, the highly-anticipated invisibility cloak.”

Alongside Professor Sir John Pendry, IOP also announces its Gold medals and its awards for distinguished research in a selection of subjects, for outstanding contributions at an early stage in a physicist’s career and for achievement in physics education and outreach.

This year’s Gold medal winners are Professor Stephen Mark Barnett from the University of Strathclyde for his contributions to optics research, Professor E A Hinds from Imperial College London for his work on ultra-cold atoms, Professor Lyndon Rees Evans for his outstanding leadership of the Large Hadron Collider project and Dr Stuart S P Parkin from IBM Research for his key role in establishing the field of spintronics.  

The seven additional Subject medals reflect the vibrancy of physics the research being undertaken by UK physicists, with accolades for research work in a range of exciting areas, including from Professor Edmund Copeland’s contribution to understanding theoretical cosmic superstrings and Professor Jonathan Butterworth’s measurement of hadronic jets at the Large Hadron Collider to Toshiba Research Europe’s Dr Andrew Shields’ use of semiconductors in the creation of quantum computers.

The full list of award winners, including early career, education and outreach awards, can be found at

Today also sees the appointment of four new honorary fellows.  IOP confers honorary fellowship on distinguished individuals for exceptional service to physics.

The four new honorary fellows are Professor Dame Athene Donald from the University of Cambridge, Professor Michael Green from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, Professor Thomas W B Kibble from Imperial College London and Dr Michèle Leduc from the Centre national de la recherche scientifique.

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