The Hughes Medal is now awarded annually to an outstanding researcher in the field of energy.
The award was named after the scientist David E. Hughes FRS (PDF) and was first awarded in 1902. Hughes was a Welsh-American scientist and musician who invented the first working radio communication system and the first microphone. The medal is of silver gilt and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000.
Professor James Durrant FRS was awarded the 2018 Hughes Medal for his distinguished photochemical studies for the design solar energy devices, particularly by transient spectroscopic studies of dye sensitized solar cells and of photoelectrochemical water splitting.
Professor Peter Bruce FRS was awarded the 2017 Hughes Medal for his distinguished work elucidating the fundamental chemistry underpinning energy storage.
Professor George Efstathiou FRS was awarded the 2015 Hughes Medal for many outstanding contributions to our understanding of the early Universe, in particular his pioneering computer simulations, observations of galaxy clustering and studies of the fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background.
See full list of all past winners of the Hughes Medal.