Isaac Newton Medal

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The Isaac Newton Medal is a 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]


  • 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."[3]
  • 2010 Edward Witten for "his many profound contributions that have transformed areas of particle theory, quantum field theory and general relativity."[4]
  • 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".[5]
  • 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".[6]


  3. 2011 Isaac Newton Medal of the Institute of Physics (Institute of Physics)
  4. Edward Witten wins Newton medal (, June 29th, 2010)
  5. Alan Guth bags Isaac Newton medal (, July 1, 2009)
  6. Anton Zeilinger scoops first Isaac Newton medal (, October 3, 2007)

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