Fernand Holweck Prize is presented to Victor Malka

7 June 2017

The 2017 Fernand Holweck Medal and Prize was presented to Professor Victor Malka at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Abingdon, Oxfordshire on 5 June on behalf of the IOP and the French Physical Society (SFP).

Fernand Holweck Prize is presented to Victor Malka
Jonathan Oldfield/STFC

Malka, who is a professor at the Laboratoire D’Optique Appliquée, France and the Weizmann Institute of Science, received the prize for “his world-recognised expertise in the area of plasma physics and his multidisciplinary collaborative approach”.

After giving the Holweck Lecture, he was presented with his prize of the gold Fernand Holweck Medal and €3,000 by Professor Roy Sambles, president of the IOP, and Professor Michael Spiro, president of the SFP.

The award is made jointly by the IOP and the SFP and goes 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. It is given for distinguished work in any aspect of physics that is ongoing or has been carried out in the past 10 years and is in experimental physics or in theoretical physics that is closely related to experimentation.

The event included several presentations from distinguished international scientists including a talk on the future direction for plasma accelerator research by Professor Andrei Seryi, director of the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science at the University of Oxford, and a brief address from Dr Brian Bowsher, chief executive of the Science and Technology Facilities Council.