The Royal Society Armourers & Brasiers' Company Prize is awarded biennially (in even years), for outstanding, pioneering and innovating materials science research with potential for application.
The Prize was established with support from the Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers', a livery company originally comprised of armourers and brass workers. The first award was made in 1985. The medal is of silver gilt and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000.
Professor Neil Alford MBE FREng was awarded the 2016 Royal Society Armourers & Brasiers' Company Prize for his outstanding contributions to materials research with benefit to society, especially the development of ultra-low-loss microwave dielectrics for communications.
Professor Ivan Parkin was awarded the 2014 Royal Society Armourers & Brasiers' Company Prize in recognition of his insight, synthesis, development and commercialisation of coatings. In particular inorganic-oxide self-cleaning coatings for windows and anti-microbial coatings to combat hospital acquired infections.
See full list of all past winners of the Royal Society Armourers & Brasiers' Company Prize.