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Hughes Medal

David E. Hughes FRS

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The call for nominations is now open. 

For information on how to nominate including guidance notes please visit the nominations page. The closing date for nominations is 18.00 GMT on 30 January 2017. 

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The award

The Hughes Medal is awarded biennially (in odd years) 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.

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.