Organization:Institute of Physics Isaac Newton Medal

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Short description: Gold medal awarded annually by the Institute of Physics
Institute of Physics Isaac Newton Medal and Prize
Sponsored byInstitute of Physics
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Reward(s)Gold medal, £1000
First awarded2008
WebsiteOfficial website
Replica of Newton's second reflecting telescope, which he presented to the Royal Society in 1672[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]


  • 2021 - David Deutsch for "founding the discipline named quantum computation and establishing quantum computation's fundamental idea, now known as the ‘qubit’ or quantum bit."[7]
  • 2020 - Nader Engheta for "groundbreaking innovation and transformative contributions to electromagnetic complex materials and nanoscale optics, and for pioneering development of the fields of near-zero-index metamaterials, and material-inspired analogue computation and optical nanocircuitry".
  • 2019 - Sir Michael Pepper for "the creation of the field of semiconductor nanoelectronics and discovery of new quantum phenomena"[8][9][10][11][12]
  • 2018 - Paul Corkum for "his outstanding contributions to experimental physics"[6][13][14][15]
  • 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".[16][17]
  • 2016 – Tom Kibble (posthumously)[18] for his "outstanding lifelong commitment to physics".
  • 2015 – Eli Yablonovitch for his "visionary and foundational contributions to photonic nanostructures".[19][20][21]
  • 2014 – Deborah S. Jin for "pioneering the field of quantum-degenerate Fermi gases".[22][23][24]
  • 2013 – John Pendry for his “seminal contributions to surface science, disordered systems and photonics”.[25][4][26][5]
  • 2012 – Martin Rees for his outstanding contributions to relativistic astrophysics and cosmology.[27][28]
  • 2011 – Leo Kadanoff for "inventing conceptual tools that reveal the deep implications of scale invariance on the behavior of phase transitions and dynamical systems."[29]
  • 2010 – Edward Witten for "his many profound contributions that have transformed areas of particle theory, quantum field theory and general relativity."[30][31]
  • 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".[32]
  • 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".[3][33]

See also


  1. King, Henry C (2003). The History of the Telescope. p. 74. ISBN 978-0-486-43265-6. 
  2. "Isaac Newton Medal and Prize". Institute of Physics. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Anton Zeilinger scoops first Isaac Newton medal". Physics World. 3 October 2007. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Palmer, Jason (June 30, 2013). "Cloaking pioneer nets physics prize". BBC News. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Silverman, Rosa (July 1, 2013). "'Invisibility cloak' scientist wins Isaac Newton Medal". 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Canadian physicist Paul Corkum is recipient of the highest medal awarded by the UK Institute of Physics". Canadian Association of Physicists. 12 July 2018. 
  7. "2021 Isaac Newton Medal and Prize". Institute of Physics. 
  8. "2019 Institute of Physics Awards — Department of Physics". University of Cambridge. 10 July 2019. 
  9. "Physicist behind new quantum phenomena and T-ray detection of cancer receives highest Institute of Physics accolade — Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division". University of Oxford. 5 July 2019. 
  10. "TeraView's founder, Sir Michael Pepper, receives highest Institute of Physics accolade". Cambridge Network. 
  11. "Professor Sir Michael Pepper receives the 2019 Issac Newton Medal and Prize from the IoP". London Centre for Nanotechnology. 
  12. "Sir Michael Pepper receives highest Institute of Physics accolade". 18 July 2019. 
  13. "Ultrafast laser pioneer Corkum wins IOP's Isaac Newton medal". 
  14. "Careers and people". Physics World 31 (8): 49. August 8, 2018. doi:10.1088/2058-7058/31/8/41. Bibcode2018PhyW...31h..49.. 
  15. "Dr. Paul Corkum ('65) Awarded Isaac Newton Medal and Prize by UK Institute of Physics - Acadia University". Acadia University, Canada. 13 July 2018. 
  16. "Chuck Bennett receives Isaac Newton Medal & Prize from the Institute of Physics". Johns Hopkins University. 30 June 2017. 
  17. "Physics and Astronomy Alumnus Charles Bennett Receives 2018 Breakthrough Prize". University of Maryland. 5 December 2017. 
  18. "IOP awards Isaac Newton Medal posthumously to Sir Tom Kibble". Institute of Physics.  30 June 2016
  19. "Yablonovitch Wins the IOP Isaac Newton Medal". Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science, University of California. 1 July 2015. 
  20. "Photonic crystals, graphene, and metamaterials bring Institute of Physics awards". LaserFocusWorld. 1 July 2015. 
  21. "IOP Awards Isaac Newton Medal to Professor Eli Yablonovitch for Photonic Nanostructures Research". AZoOptics. July 1, 2015. 
  22. "2014 Isaac Newton medal - Deborah Jin". September 6, 2017. 
  23. "Isaac Newton Medal goes to American physicist". July 1, 2014. 
  24. "Deborah Jin Awarded Isaac Newton Medal". University of Colorado. July 8, 2014. 
  25. Jackson, Caroline (1 July 2013). "IOP awards". Imperial College London. 
  26. Keir, Emily (July 10, 2013). "Invisibility Cloaks: No Longer Exclusive to the Wizarding World". Foreign Office Blogs. Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 
  27. Randall, Ian (19 July 2012). "Institute of Physics announces award winners". European Physical Society. 
  28. "Institute of Physics announces 2012 award winners". 2 July 2012. 
  29. "2011 Isaac Newton Medal of the Institute of Physics". Institute of Physics. 
  30. "Edward Witten wins Newton medal". Physics World. 29 June 2010. 
  31. "UK's Institute of Physics Announces 2010 Winners". SC ONLINE NEWS. 
  32. "Alan Guth bags Isaac Newton medal". Physics World. 1 July 2009. 
  33. Quantum Aspects of Life. Imperial College Press. 2008. pp. 378. ISBN 9781848162679. 
  34. "The University of Glasgow Story :: Awards :: Isaac Newton Medal". University of Glasgow. 

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