IOP Institute of Physics

For physics • For physicists • For all


Fernand Holweck Medal and Prize for 2018 goes to Marina Galand

5 December 2017

Dr Marina Galand, a reader at Imperial College London, is to receive the 2018 Fernand Holweck Medal and Prize of the IOP and the French Physical Society.

Fernand Holweck Medal and Prize for 2018 goes to Marina Galand

Galand, who is a Fellow of the IOP, has been awarded the prize “for her outstanding contribution to the understanding and assessment of the response of planetary atmospheres to energy sources in the solar system and beyond”.

Her citation notes that she has developed sophisticated, state-of-the-art kinetic and fluid models, which she has adapted to different environments to predict and interpret observations from space missions: Saturn and its largest moon, Titan, Venus, Mars, comet 67P, and exoplanets. Building on her planetary expertise, she has highlighted how a cross-body comparative approach helps one gain further insight into physical processes driving these systems, it says.

She will receive her gold medal and a prize of €3000 at an awards ceremony in Grenoble, France in August 2018, at which she will also give the Holweck Prize Lecture.

The award, which is given jointly by the IOP and the French Physical Society, is made in odd-dated years to a physicist based in France and presented in the UK or Ireland and in even-dated years to a physicist based in the UK or Ireland and presented in France.