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.
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.
Professor Peter Bruce FRS was awarded the Hughes Medal in 2017 for his distinguished work elucidating the fundamental chemistry underpinning energy storage.
See full list of all past winners of the Hughes Medal.