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Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture

Photo-crystallography in action - a focused stream of blue light hitting a crystal on the head of a diffractometer, dissipating as it defocuses towards the left. Credit Dr Jaqueline Cole, Clifford Paterson medallist 2020.

The award

The Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture is given to an outstanding researcher in the field of engineering. The lectureship was originally endowed by The General Electric Company in memory of Clifford Paterson FRS, who founded the GEC Research Laboratories in 1919. Originally the lectures were given on electrical science and technology but this was later broadened to any aspect of engineering. The first lecture was given in 1975. The medal is of bronze, is awarded biennially and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000.


The call for nominations is now closed. The next round of nominations will open in November 2022.

Past winners

Dr Jacqueline Cole will be awarded the Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture 2020 for the development of photo-crystallography and the discovery of novel high-performance nonlinear optical materials and light-harvesting dyes using molecular design rules.

Professor Timothy Leighton FREng FRS was awarded the Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture 2018 for translation of his fundamental research into acoustics and its application in many areas including anti-microbial resistance, mine detection, foetal scanning, catastrophe relief, climate change and marine life. 

Professor Russell Cowburn FRS was awarded the Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture 2016 for his remarkable academic, technical and commercial achievements in nano-magnetics.  

See full list of all past winners of the Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture.

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