Isaac Newton Medal

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The Isaac Newton Medal is a gold medal awarded annually by the Institute of Physics accompanied by a prize of £1,000.[1] The award is given to a physicist, regardless of subject area, background or nationality, for outstanding contributions to physics. The award winner is invited to give a lecture at the Institute.[2]


  • 2017 Charles L. Bennett for his "leadership of the Microwave Anisotropy Probe, a satellite experiment that revolutionized cosmology, transforming it from an order-of-magnitude game to a paragon of precision science".
  • 2016 Tom Kibble (posthumously)[3] for his "outstanding lifelong commitment to physics".
  • 2015 Eli Yablonovitch for his "visionary and foundational contributions to photonic nanostructures".
  • 2014 Deborah S. Jin for "pioneering the field of quantum-degenerate Fermi gases".
  • 2013 John Pendry for his “seminal contributions to surface science, disordered systems and photonics”.
  • 2012 Martin Rees for his outstanding contributions to relativistic astrophysics and cosmology.
  • 2011 Leo Kadanoff for "inventing conceptual tools that reveal the deep implications of scale invariance on the behavior of phase transitions and dynamical systems."[4]
  • 2010 Edward Witten for "his many profound contributions that have transformed areas of particle theory, quantum field theory and general relativity."[5]
  • 2009 Alan Guth for "his invention of the inflationary universe model, his recognition that inflation would solve major problems confronting then-standard cosmology, and his calculation, with others, of the spectrum of density fluctuations that gave rise to structure in the universe".[6]
  • 2008 Anton Zeilinger for "his pioneering conceptual and experimental contributions to the foundations of quantum physics, which have become the cornerstone for the rapidly-evolving field of quantum information".[7]


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