Institute of Physics Isaac Newton Medal and Prize
Awarded forWorld-leading contributions to physics by an individual of any nationality.
Sponsored byInstitute of Physics
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Presented byInstitute of Physics Edit this on Wikidata
Reward(s)Gold medal, £1000
First awarded2008
WebsiteOfficial website
A replica of a second reflecting telescope Newton presented to the Royal Society in 1672 (the first one he made in 1668 was loaned to an instrument maker but there is no further record of what happened to it).[1]

The Isaac Newton Medal and Prize is a gold medal awarded annually by the Institute of Physics (IOP) accompanied by a prize of £1,000.[2] 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. It is named in honour of Sir Isaac Newton.

The first medal was awarded in 2008 to Anton Zeilinger, having been announced in 2007.[3] It gained national recognition in the UK in 2013 when it was awarded for technology that could lead to an 'invisibility cloak'.[4][5] By 2018 it was recognised internationally as the highest honour from the IOP.[6]


See also


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  2. ^ "Isaac Newton Medal and Prize". Institute of Physics. Archived from the original on 2018-08-25. Retrieved 2015-04-24.
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  6. ^ a b "Canadian physicist Paul Corkum is recipient of the highest medal awarded by the UK Institute of Physics". Canadian Association of Physicists. 12 July 2018.
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  11. ^ "TeraView's founder, Sir Michael Pepper, receives highest Institute of Physics accolade". Cambridge Network.
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  15. ^ "Careers and people". Physics World. 31 (8): 49. August 8, 2018. Bibcode:2018PhyW...31h..49.. doi:10.1088/2058-7058/31/8/41.
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  17. ^ "Chuck Bennett receives Isaac Newton Medal & Prize from the Institute of Physics". Physics & Astronomy. Johns Hopkins University. 30 June 2017.
  18. ^ "Physics and Astronomy Alumnus Charles Bennett Receives 2018 Breakthrough Prize". University of Maryland. 5 December 2017.
  19. ^ "IOP awards Isaac Newton Medal posthumously to Sir Tom Kibble". Institute of Physics. 30 June 2016
  20. ^ "Yablonovitch Wins the IOP Isaac Newton Medal". Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science, University of California. 1 July 2015.
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  22. ^ "IOP Awards Isaac Newton Medal to Professor Eli Yablonovitch for Photonic Nanostructures Research". AZoOptics. July 1, 2015.
  23. ^ "2014 Isaac Newton medal – Deborah Jin". NIST. September 6, 2017.
  24. ^ "Isaac Newton Medal goes to American physicist". Times Higher Education (THE). July 1, 2014.
  25. ^ "Deborah Jin Awarded Isaac Newton Medal". University of Colorado. July 8, 2014.
  26. ^ Jackson, Caroline (1 July 2013). "IOP awards". Imperial College London.
  27. ^ Keir, Emily (July 10, 2013). "Invisibility Cloaks: No Longer Exclusive to the Wizarding World". Foreign Office Blogs. Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
  28. ^ Randall, Ian (19 July 2012). "Institute of Physics announces award winners". European Physical Society.
  29. ^ "Institute of Physics announces 2012 award winners". EurekAlert!. 2 July 2012.
  30. ^ "2011 Isaac Newton Medal of the Institute of Physics". Institute of Physics.
  31. ^ "Edward Witten wins Newton medal". Physics World. 29 June 2010.
  32. ^ "UK's Institute of Physics Announces 2010 Winners". SC ONLINE NEWS.
  33. ^ "Alan Guth bags Isaac Newton medal". Physics World. 1 July 2009.
  34. ^ Quantum Aspects of Life. Imperial College Press. 2008. p. 378. ISBN 9781848162679.
  35. ^ "The University of Glasgow Story :: Awards :: Isaac Newton Medal". University of Glasgow.