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THE BRAGG GOLD MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN PHYSICS


The Bragg Gold Medal was established in 1992 as an initiative of the South Australian Branch, to commemorate Sir Laurence Bragg (whose picture is inscribed on the medal) and his father Sir William Bragg, Nobel Laureates.

The medal recognises the most outstanding PhD thesis in physics by a student from an Australian University.

The Award consists of a medal and a certificate and one year membership of the AIP. The medal will be presented at the Congress in even numbered years, and in odd numbered years at a function to be arranged by the AIP. Reasonable expenses in attending the presentation will be covered by the AIP.

Eligibility requirements

  • The nominee’s PhD degree must have been approved (but not necessarily conferred) in the twelve months prior to the closing date for applications to the State Branch (i.e. approval must have occurred between 1 May of the nomination year and 1 June  of the previous year inclusive).
  • The PhD thesis must fall under the auspices of an Australian university.
  • Each Australian university may nominate one candidate.
  • Nominee has not previously been the nominated for the Bragg Gold Medal.
  • The nominee, if successful, must be prepared to write an article related to the research for which the award was presented that will be published in Australian Physics and present an invited talk at the next AIP Congress or agreed location.

Nomination Process

Completion of the Bragg Gold Medal nomination form . This nomination form requires the nominee or supervisor to provide contact details and include:

  • a one sentence citation capturing the nature of the work;
  • the thesis (nominators should note that when attaching a link to the student thesis, this link must be accessible by others outside of their own university);
  • the Examiners’ reports on the thesis, including the marking system/scale;
  • an endorsement from the Head of the department/school/institute. This may include a statement from the principal supervisor outlining the thesis results and why they are exceptional. The statement should also include details of the specific contributions of the applicant to the research;
  • a statement outlining the contribution of the student and their individual research efforts to physics knowledge and development.  Of particular interest is the contribution made at the individual level rather than from a research group level.

Assessment Criteria

The thesis quality will be judged on:

  • research quality and impact;
  • assessors reports (taking the experience of the assessors into account);
  • publications, taking quantity and quality into account judged, for example, by the number of publications and journal impact factors relative to the practice in the research area;
  • clarity and quality of communication;
  • creative contribution of the student to the research if within a larger research group.

Nomination Timeline - key dates in the nomination process

The nomination from each university should reach the Secretary of the local State Branch  committee of the AIP by 1 June each year. 

Please do not send university nominations to the AIP Awards Officer directly. They must be assessed by the State Branch first.

The best thesis, as selected by the State Branch committee, is then forwarded to the AIP Awards Officer by 1 August each year.

Further Information

Only one medal will be awarded each selection year.

Candidates are only eligible to apply for this award once.

Previous Winners

  • 2021 Dr Timothy Gray, Australian National University

  • 2020 Dr Alexander Bray, Australian National University

  • 2019 Dr Samuel Gorman, University of New South Wales

  • 2018 Dr Yevgeny Stadnik, University of New South Wales
  • 2017 Dr Daniel Leykam, Australian National University
  • 2016 Dr Phiala Shanahan, University of Adelaide
  • 2015 Dr Jarryd Pla, University of New South Wales
  • 2014 Dr Andrew Sutton, Australian National University
  • 2013 Dr Martin Fuechsle, University of New South Wales
  • 2012 Dr Eva Kuhnle, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2011 Dr Adrian D’Alfonso, University of Melbourne
  • 2010 Dr Clancy William James, University of Adelaide
  • 2009 Dr. Christian Romer Rosberg, Australian National University
  • 2008 Dr Frank Ruess, University of New South Wales
  • 2006 Dr Alex Argyros, University of Sydney
  • 2005 Dr Philip Bartlett, Murdoch University
  • 2004 Dr Warwick Bowen, Australian National University
  • 2003 Dr Michael Bromley, Charles Darwin University
  • 2002 Dr Annette Berriman, Australian National University
  • 2001 Dr Nicole Bell, University of Melbourne
  • 2000 Dr Mark Oxley, University of Melbourne
  • 1999 Dr Ping Koy Lam, Australian National University
  • 1998 Dr Tanya Monro, University of Sydney
  • 1997 Dr Alexander Buryak, Australian National University
  • 1996 Dr Andre Luiten, University of Western Australia
  • 1995 Dr Howard Wiseman, University of Queensland
  • 1994 Dr Wolodymyr Melnitchouk, University of Adelaide
  • 1993 Dr Henry Chapman, University of Melbourne
  • 1992 Dr Stephen Bass, University of Adelaide


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