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Hughes Medal

David E. Hughes FRS

Hughes Medal winner 2018

Professor James Durrant FRSProfessor James Durrant FRS

The Hughes Medal 2018 is awarded to Professor James Durrant FRS 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 Durrant will receive a medal of silver gilt and a gift of £2,000 at the Society’s Anniversary Day meeting on 30 November 2018.

The award

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.

The next round of nominations opens in November 2018. 

Past winners

Professor Peter Bruce FRS was awarded the Hughes Medal in 2017 for his distinguished work elucidating the fundamental chemistry underpinning energy storage.

Professor George Efstathiou FRS was awarded the Hughes Medal in 2015 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. 

Professor Henning Sirringhaus FRS was awarded the Hughes Medal in 2013 for his pioneering development of inkjet printing processes for organic semiconductor devices, and dramatic improvement of their functioning and efficiency.

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