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Swan Medal and Prize

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The Swan Medal and Prize is a prize awarded annually by the Institute of Physics in physics, one of the Institute's Gold medals.

Until 2012 it was named the Business and Innovation Medal after when it was renamed the Swan Medal and Prize, in memory of Joseph Swan, a chemist and physicist inventor of the incandescent light bulb.

It is awarded annually to "recognise contributions to the organisation or application of physics in an industrial or commercial context." and known as the Swan medal of the Institute of Physics. The medal accompanied by a prize of £1000 and a certificate.

Swan medallists

  • 2015 Iain Baikie, KP Technology, for "contributions to the development of Kelvin Probe (KP) method instrumentation..."
  • 2014 Michael Payne, University of Cambridge, for "development of computational techniques that have revolutionised materials design and facilitated the industrial application of quantum mechanical simulations."
  • 2013 Stuart Parkin, IBM Research for "discoveries of the underlying physics and of novel device architectures that have established the field spintronics."
  • 2012 Sir David McMurtry and John Deer, Renishaw plc, for "founding Renishaw plc and leading it to become one of the world’s principal manufacturers of metrology equipment."
  • 2011 Graham John Batey, Oxford Instruments, for "sustained outstanding contribution to the application of low temperature physics in an industrial high technology environment."
  • 2010 Sir Michael Pepper, University College London, for "translating advances in semiconductor physics into the commercial arena", which included their participation in founding Toshiba Research Europe, Cambridge Laboratory, and TeraView Ltd.
  • 2009 Sir Richard Friend & David Fyfe, University of Cambridge, for "guiding the company Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) to a pre-eminent position in the development of light-emitting polymers and in the development of the technology for flat-panel displays and lighting."
  • 2008 Donal Denvir, Andor Technology, for "founding Andor Technology, which manufactures high-performance digital cameras, and for leading an R&D programme that has kept the company at the forefront of innovation."
  • References

    Swan Medal and Prize Wikipedia

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