Katharine Burr Blodgett Medal and Prize
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CountryUnited Kingdom Edit this on Wikidata
Presented byInstitute of Physics Edit this on Wikidata
Formerly calledSwan Medal and Prize
Reward(s)Gold medal, £1000
First awarded2008

The Katharine Burr Blodgett Medal and Prize is a gold medal awarded annually by the Institute of Physics to "recognise contributions to the organisation or application of physics in an industrial or commercial context." The medal is accompanied by a prize of £1000.[1]


At its inception in 2008, the award was named the "Business and Innovation Medal". In 2012, it was renamed the "Swan Medal and Prize" in memory of Sir Joseph Swan, a chemist, physicist, and early developer of the incandescent light bulb. Since 2016, the award was renamed again to commemorate Katharine Burr Blodgett, inventor of low-reflectance "invisible" glass (Langmuir–Blodgett film), and the first woman to receive a degree in physics from Cambridge University.


The following have been award one of these medals:[2]

Katharine Burr Blodgett Medal and Prize

  • 2019 for "designing and patenting an electro-surgery platform."[3]
  • 2018 and , , for "the transformation of Tesla Engineering Ltd from a manufacturer of conventional magnets for particle accelerators into a world leader of magnets for high-energy physics, MRI and oncology equipment."[4]
  • 2017 Cliff Jones, University of Leeds, for "inventions in the area of liquid crystal displays, and his role in the founding and commercial success of Displaydata."[5][6][7]
  • 2016 , M Squared Lasers for "his role in founding M Squared Lasers, and his contribution to the design and manufacture of transformative award-winning photonics products."[8]

Swan Medal and Prize

Business and Innovation Medal

  • 2011 , Oxford Instruments, for "sustained outstanding contribution to the application of low temperature physics in an industrial high technology environment."
  • 2010 Sir Michael Pepper, University College London, for "translating advances in semiconductor physics into the commercial arena", which included their participation in founding Toshiba Research Europe, Cambridge Laboratory, and TeraView Ltd.[14]
  • 2009 Sir Richard Friend & Dr David Fyfe, University of Cambridge, for "guiding the company Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) to a pre-eminent position in the development of light-emitting polymers and in the development of the technology for flat-panel displays and lighting."[15][16]
  • 2008 , Andor Technology, for "founding Andor Technology, and for leading an R&D programme that has kept the company at the forefront of innovation."[17][18]

See also


  1. ^ "Katharine Burr Blodgett Medal and Prize". Institute of Physics. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Medal recipients". Institute of Physics. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Institute of Physics Award". Creo Medical Group. 5 July 2019. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  4. ^ "IOP award winners for 2018 announced" (PDF). CERN Courer. Vol. 58 no. 7. 2018. p. 67.
  5. ^ Dierking, Ingo (October 2, 2017). "Prof Cliff Jones awarded the Katharine Burr Blodgett Medal and Prize". Liquid Crystals Today. 26 (4): 115. doi:10.1080/1358314X.2017.1398308.
  6. ^ "Professor Cliff Jones wins prestigious Katharine Burr Blodgett Medal and Prize". University of Leeds. 30 June 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Cliff Jones receives Katharine Burr Blodgett Medal of the IoP". The International Liquid Crystal Society. 22 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Graeme Malcolm awarded the 2016 Katharine Burr Blodgett Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics". SPIE. 1 December 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Top award for Wick scientist". The John O'Groat Journal and Caithness Couirer. 13 November 2015.
  10. ^ Sheridan, Rachel (1 January 2015). "Institute of Physics Swan Medal 2015 Awarded to Professor Iain Baikie". KP Technology.
  11. ^ Findlay, Keith (2 July 2015). "Prestigious award for north firm's founder and CEO". The Press and Journal. Aberdeen Journals Ltd.
  12. ^ Flynn, Chris (10 July 2012). "Renishaw founders awarded international physics medal". The Manufacturer.
  13. ^ "Renishaw founders to get Institute of Physics Swan medal". BBC News. 2 July 2012.
  14. ^ "UCL wins big at Institute of Physics awards". UCL. 7 July 2010.
  15. ^ "Cambridge professor wins IOP award for outstanding contributions to physics". University of Cambridge. 1 July 2009.
  16. ^ Bush, Steve (16 October 2009). "UK polymer OLED duo get Institute of Physics prize". Electronics Weekly.
  17. ^ "Donal Denvir, Andor Technology: Business & Innovation Gold Medal of the Institute of Physics". www.imaging-git.com. Wiley. 1 November 2007.
  18. ^ "Denvir honored with IOP Gold Medal". SPIE. 8 October 2007.