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Invitation for recommendations for public honours

IOP Honorary Secretary Professor Brian Fulton FInstP CPhys invites members to recommend exceptional individuals working in the field of physics to be nominated for public honours.


Any individuals recommended would be reviewed by the IOP. If considered appropriate, a nomination for public honours would then be made by the IOP to the Science and Technology Honours Committee or to the Education Honours Committee as appropriate.

The IOP wishes to ensure that nominations made for public honours by the IOP represent the diverse nature and interests of our members and their unique and telling contributions to physics as a subject, its application or teaching, or to other aspects of our charitable objectives.

The IOP aims to raise the appreciation of the important role that physics plays in our culture and society. An important aspect of this is ensuring the public recognition of the individuals who are driving this contribution, and who have shown outstanding and sustained leadership.

Guidance from the Cabinet Office states that candidates should be individuals who have given exemplary service and who:

  • have changed things, with an emphasis on practical achievement;
  • have demonstrated innovation and entrepreneurship;
  • are examples of the best sustained and selfless voluntary service; or
  • have delivered in a way that has brought distinction to UK life.

Nominations may be submitted by the IOP at any time throughout the year and are considered in spring and autumn by the Science and Technology and the Education Honours Committees. For our spring 2021 nominations however, would you please submit your recommendation forms (DOC, 30KB) to the IOP at [email protected] by 15 January 2021.

All recommendations and nominations are treated in the strictest confidence and should be done without the knowledge of the nominee.

Download the IOP’s recommendation form (DOC, 30KB). The form asks for two supporters to be identified, as all nominations made by the IOP will require at least two letters of support. If you cannot identify two supporters then please do still submit the name of the individual as we may be able to help. You should not consider this a barrier to recommending a deserving candidate at this stage of the process.

Your input at this stage will aid us in preparing the formal nomination to the relevant Honours Committee. We will then work with other institutions and persons as appropriate to complete the final nomination.

If there is anything you would like to discuss with the IOP before submitting a name for nomination, then please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing [email protected].                                        

Professor Brian Fulton FInstP CPhys
Honorary Secretary