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Awards

Hughes Medal

For an original discovery in the physical sciences, particularly as applied to the generation, storage and use of energy.

David E. Hughes FRS

Professor George Efstathiou FRSProfessor George Efstathiou FRS

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. 

Professor Henning Sirringhaus FRS was awarded the 2013 Hughes Medal 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.

The award

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.

Previously the award was made for original discoveries particularly related to electricity and magnetism or their applications.

Past winners of this medal include Alexander Graham Bell and Stephen Hawking FRS.

The Hughes Medal is awarded biennially (in odd years) “for an original discovery in the physical sciences, particularly as applied to the generation, storage and use of energy”. The medal is of silver gilt and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000.