Professor Jeremy Baumberg FRS was awarded the Rumford Medal in 2014 for his outstanding creativity in nanophotonics, investigating many ingenious nanostructures, both artificial and natural to support novel plasmonic phenomena relevant to Raman spectroscopy, solar cell performance and meta-materials applications.
It is amazing to find how thankful and appreciative I am that my research with all my great collaborators is recognised in this way. It has been an amazing journey to zoom deeper and deeper into the nanoscale, turning intuitions into observations.
Roy Taylor was awarded the Medal in 2012 for his outstanding contributions to tunable ultrafast lasers and nonlinear fibre optics, including fibre Raman, soliton and supercontinuum laser sources, which translated fundamental discoveries to practical technology.
See full list of all past winners of the Rumford Medal.
This medal is awarded for important discoveries in the field of thermal or optical properties of matter and their applications. Notable recipients include Michael Faraday and Louis Pasteur.
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 Rumford Medal is awarded biennially (in even years) for "an outstandingly important recent discovery in the field of thermal or optical properties of matter and their applications, made by a scientist working in Europe, noting that Rumford was concerned to see recognised discoveries that tended to promote the good of mankind".
If possible the Committee will award the medal to an early-to-mid career stage scientist. The award must be made to a scientist working in Europe.
The recipient is chosen by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the Physical Sciences Awards Committee. Nominations are valid for five years after which the candidate cannot be re-nominated until a year after the nomination has expired. The medal is of silver gilt and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000.
The award is open to citizens of a Commonwealth country or of the Irish Republic or those who have been ordinarily resident and working in a Commonwealth country or in the Irish Republic for a minimum of three years immediately prior to being proposed.