Marina Galand receives Fernand Holweck Medal and Prize at a ceremony in France

21 September 2018

The Fernand Holweck Medal and Prize, an award of the IOP and the French Physical Society, was presented to Dr Marina Galand in Grenoble, France on 28 August.

Marina Galand receives Fernand Holweck Medal and Prize at a ceremony in France
Sylvie Costrel de Corainville

The presentation was made jointly by our President, Professor Dame Julia Higgins, and the President of the French Physical Society, Catherine Langlais, in a ceremony during the Journées de la Matière Condensée in which she received the gold medal and a prize of €3000. Her achievement will also be recognised at our Awards Dinner in London on 20 November.

Following the presentation, Dr Galand gave the Fernand Holweck Lecture, entitled “Ionosphere: A key plasma layer in planetary atmospheres”.

Dr Galand, who is a Reader at Imperial College London, received the award for “her outstanding contribution to the understanding and assessment of the response of planetary atmospheres to energy sources in the Solar System and beyond”. She is pictured (above) at the ceremony, flanked by Catherine Langlais (left) and Professor Dame Julia Higgins (right).

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 Saturn and its largest moon Titan, Venus, Mars, comet 67P, and exoplanets.

The award was instituted in 1945 and 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.

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