This medal is awarded for original discoveries relating to the generation, storage and use of energy.
David E. Hughes FRS
The Hughes Medal is awarded biennially (in odd years) “for an original discovery in the physical sciences, particularly as applied to the generation, storage and use of energy”.
The award was named after the scientist David E. Hughes FRS (PDF) and was first awarded in 1902. Previously the award was made for original discoveries particularly related to electricity and magnetism or their applications. Previous winners of this medal include Alexander Graham Bell and Stephen Hawking FRS. The medal is of silver gilt and is accompanied by a gift of £1,000.
The next call for nominations opens on 28 November 2014.
The recipient is chosen by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the Physical Sciences Awards Committees. Nominations are valid for five years after which the candidate cannot be re-nominated until a year after the nomination has expired.
If possible the Committee will award the medal to an early-to-mid career stage scientist. The award is open to citizens of a Commonwealth country or of the Irish Republic or those who have been ordinarily resident and working in a Commonwealth country or in the Irish Republic for a minimum of three years immediately prior to being proposed.
Most recent medallist
Professor Henning Sirringhaus FRS was awarded the 2013 Hughes Medal for his pioneering development of inkjet printing processes for organic semiconductor devices, and dramatic improvement of their functioning and efficiency.