James Hough

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James Hough
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James Hough OBE FRS FRSE FInstP FAPS FRAS, also known as Jim Hough, is a British physicist and an international leader in the search for gravitational waves.[1]

Professional positions[edit]

Hough holds the following professional positions:

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Hough was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in May 2003.[7]
  • In 2004, Hough was awarded the Duddell Medal and Prize, a senior award from the Institute of Physics.[8] The award is made annually to "an individual or team for outstanding contributions to the advancement of knowledge through the application of physics, including invention or design of scientific instruments or by the discovery of materials used in their construction."[9]

Hough was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to science.[10]

Appearances in media[edit]

Hough received widespread media coverage in 2004 when he placed a bet, against the odds, of detecting gravitational waves before 2010. The original odds were set at 500/1, but following huge interest, the betting company were forced to cut their odds to 6/1.[11]

In April 2007, during the run-up to the Scottish Parliamentary elections, Hough signed an open letter, along with sixty-one other top Scottish scientists, backing the retention of the Union between Scotland and England.[12][13] They were concerned that Scottish independence would have "detrimental consequences for the health of the Scottish science base and for the long term viability of the Scottish economy and society."


  1. ^ "Newsletter of the Institute of Physics in Scotland" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-03-23. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Institute of Gravitational Research - Member Biography". Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  3. ^ "Institute of Gravitational Research - Member Biography". Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  4. ^ "LISA Science Team Membership". Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  5. ^ "LIGO Council". 
  6. ^ "Science & Technology Facitities Council - Committee Information". Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  7. ^ "List of Fellows of the Royal Society". Archived from the original on 2007-01-22. Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  8. ^ "Recipients of the Duddell award". Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  9. ^ "The Duddell Medal and Prize". Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  10. ^ "No. 60534". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 11. 
  11. ^ "BBC News - Bookmakers slash odds on science". 2004-08-31. Retrieved 2007-05-02. 
  12. ^ "The Times - Letters to the Editor". London. Retrieved 2007-05-05. [dead link]
  13. ^ "The Scotsman - Politics". Retrieved 2007-05-05. 

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