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Hughes Medal

David E. Hughes FRS

The award

The Hughes Medal is 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.

Nominations for the Hughes Medal 2017 have now closed. Medallists will be announced in July with the next round of nominations opening in November 2017. 

Past winners

Professor George Efstathiou FRS was awarded the Hughes Medal 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 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.