Sheffield physicists receive top honours

Posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 in News| Share this article
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Two physicists from the University of Sheffield have been awarded Institute of Physics (IOP) medals for their outstanding contributions to their respective research fields.

Professor Gillian Gehring was awarded the Mott Medal for her seminal contributions to magnetism, while Professor Richard Jones (pictured) received the Tabor Medal for his innovative work characterising polymer surfaces and thin films, and for his more recent work in nanoscience.

The 2009 IOP awards celebrate achievements in physics such as successful business applications along with leading research in a wide range of fields from astronomy to optical physics, as well as excellence in engaging the general public with physics.

Professor David Mowbray, Head of the University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, said: “I’m delighted that Professors Gehring and Jones have been awarded these prestigious medals which reflect their significant contributions to the fields of magnetism and nanoscience. It is a mark of achievement for my two colleagues and also their many colleagues who have worked with them. ”

Dr Robert Kirby Harris, Chief Executive of the IOP, added: “The IOP awards are a wonderful way of honouring the achievements of physicists across a range of fields as well as underlining the important role physics has in adding considerable value to the UK – both directly and also in underpinning engineering and other sciences.”

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