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Hughes Medal

Hughes Medal

Hughes medallist 2021

Hughes-John-IrvineProfessor John Irvine

The Hughes Medal 2021 is awarded to Professor John Irvine for the introduction of new concepts in Energy Materials science, including novel ionic conductors, electrodes for solid oxide fuel cells, alternative batteries and emergent nanomaterials. 

Professor Irvine's achievement will be celebrated at Anniversary Day on 30 November 2021. The prize is given with a medal and gift of £2,000.

Return to this year's Royal Society medal, award and prize winners.

The award

The Hughes Medal is awarded 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, is awarded annually and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000.

Nominations

The call for nominations is now closed. The next round of nominations opens in November 2021. 

Past winners

Professor Clare Grey FRS was awarded the Hughes Medal 2020 for her pioneering work on the development and application of new characterization methodology to develop fundamental insight into how batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells operate.

Professor Andrew Cooper FRS was awarded the Hughes Medal 2019 for the design and synthesis of new classes of organic materials with applications in energy storage, energy production and energy-efficient separations.

Professor James Durrant FRS was awarded the Hughes Medal in 2018 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. 

See full list of all past winners of the Hughes Medal.

 
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