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Rumford Medal

NPL multiple ytterbium ion microwave standard in linear ion trap. Image from Professor Patrick Gill MBE FRS (Rumford medallist 2020)

The award

The Rumford Medal is awarded for outstanding research in the field of the physics. The award was established following a donation by Benjamin Thompson FRS (PDF), Count Rumford of the Holy Roman Empire, an American-born former soldier, spy, statesman and scientist who would go on to found the Royal Institution. The first award was made in 1800. The medal is of silver gilt, is awarded annually and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000.

Past winners

Professor Patrick Gill MBE FRS was awarded the Rumford Medal 2020 for his development of optical atomic clocks of exquisite precision, of ultra-stable lasers and of frequency standards for fundamental physics, quantum information processing, space science, satellite navigation and Earth observation.

Professor Miles Padgett FRS was awarded the Rumford Medal 2019 for world leading research on optical orbital momentum including an angular form of the Einstein-Padolsky-Rosen paradox.

Professor Ian Walmsley FRS was awarded the Rumford Medal 2018 for pioneering work in the quantum control of light and matter on ultrashort timescales, especially the invention and application of new techniques for characterization of quantum and classical light fields.

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

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