Institute of Physics announces 2014 award winners

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Physics awards honour work of Cambridge academics

The Institute of Physics (IOP) has announced this year’s award winners with three Cambridge academics among their ranks.

In its Gold award category is Professor Michael Payne from University of Cambridge receiving the Swan Medal “for the development of computational techniques that have revolutionised materials design and facilitated the industrial application of quantum mechanical simulations”.

The Swan Medal is given for outstanding contributions to the organisation or application of physics in an industrial or commercial context.

Professor Benjamin Simons received the The IOP’s Franklin Medal and Prize, which is a Subject award given for distinguished research in physics applied to the life sciences including medical and biological physics.

The citation read: “For the application of non-equilibrium statistical mechanic to provide fundamental new insights into the mechanisms that regulate stem cell behaviour in tissue maintenance and disease”.

Recognised with the Paterson Medal and Prize – given for distinguished early career research in applied physics - was Dr Sarah Bohndiek

The citation read: “For her remarkable work in developing advanced molecular imaging techniques and applying them to address questions at the interface of physics, biology and medicine.”

The full list of award winners, including early career, education and outreach awards, can be found at

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