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