Promoting the role of Physics in research, education, industry and the community
The aims of the award are to promote excellence in research in Physics in Australia and to perpetuate the name of Walter Boas.
Nominations are invited for the award of the Walter Boas Medal of the AIP and should email the AIP Special Projects Officer
The Medal was established in 1984 to promote excellence in research in Physics and to perpetuate the name of Walter Boas. The award is for physics research carried out in the five years prior to the date of the award, as demonstrated by both published papers and unpublished papers prepared for publication, a list of which should accompany the nomination.
Any AIP member may make nominations or may self nominate for the award. Nominees must have been members of the AIP for at least 6 months, be Australian citizens and been residents of Australia for at least five of the seven years preceding the closing date for nominations. The Medal shall not be awarded more than once to any person.
The award consists of a medal and is open to competition in any year among persons resident in Australia for at least five out of the seven years preceding the closing date of the entry for the award. The award shall be given for original research making, in the opinion of the examiners, the most important contribution to physics. This will be judged in papers published during the four years immediately preceding the date on which entries for the award close, supported where appropriate by unpublished papers or reports on work carried out during that period.
If a candidate considers that knowledge of work carried out prior to the four year period is necessary for the correct evaluation of the record of work submitted for the award, reference may be made to the work where published, or an unpublished account of such previous work may be submitted. The Medal shall not be awarded more than once to the same person.
Candidates for the award should provide the following:
Candidates are invited to provided the names of up to three internationally known referees who have the appropriate expertise to offer a critical appraisal of the candidate’s achievements.
The award is conditional on the recipient delivering a seminar on the subject of the award at a meeting of the Victorian Branch of the AIP. The recipient is also expected to provide a manuscript based on the seminar for publication in Australian Physics.
A call for nominations is made in Australian Physics each year.
Physicists come from diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences. It is our collective goal to identify and nurture the future leaders of the organisation and to ensure that they represent the wide diversity of career stage, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, institutional size, and race. Therefore the AIP strives for balance and diversity in its awards and as a result the AIP Executive has decided that an award will not be considered until we have received at least one male and one female nomination.
Nominations close 1 June 2021.
2019 Professor Andrea Morello, UNSW Sydney