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Science Prizes

Innovation has been a driving force here at Oxford Instruments since Sir Martin Wood founded the company over 60 years ago. We actively support and encourage innovation in all forms, both internally and externally. We are proud to sponsor the following Science Prizes to recognise the achievements of young scientists around the world.

Lee Osheroff Richardson Science Prize Nicholas Kurti Science Prize
  • The Nicholas Kurti Science Prize for Europe: A prize for young scientists conducting research employing low temperature, high magnetic fields or surface science research in Europe. The 2020 Nicholas Science Prize has been awarded to the joint winners - Rebeca Ribeiro-Palau, Centre de Nanosciences et de Nanotechnologies (C2N), CNRS, Saclay, France, and Landry Bretheau, Institut Polytechnique de Paris.
Sir Martin Wood Science Prize for China
  • The Sir Martin Wood Science Prize for China: A prize for young scientists conducting research employing low temperature, high magnetic fields or surface science research in China. The 2020 Prize Winner will be announced soon.
Young Nanoscientist Prize for India
  • The Young NanoScientist India Award: The Nanotechnology Forum for young scientists has been formed to encourage and support research in the field of nanotechnology in India. The forum committee will initiate programmes to enhance growth and acknowledge outstanding achievements in this field.  Dr Mandar M. Deshmukh, the faculty member at TIFR in the Department of Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science has been selected as the 2019 winner of The Young Nanoscientist India Award.
Sir Martin Wood Science Prize for Japan
  • The Sir Martin Wood Prize for Japan: A prize for young scientists who have made an outstanding achievement in condensed matter science in Japan. Dr Keiichi Inoue, Associate Professor from the Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Tokyo is the winner of the 2019 Prize.
  • The Fritz London Memorial Prize: Oxford Instruments have been sponsoring the London Fritz Memorial Prize since 1996, which was created to recognise scientists who made outstanding contributions to the advances in the field of low temperature physics. The 2020 Prize Winners are Dr Frank Steglich, Dr Valerii Vinokur and Dr Qi-Kun Xue.
  • The Simon Memorial Prize: Oxford Instruments also sponsors the Simon Memorial Prize which was created to recognise scientists who made outstanding contributions to the advances in the field of low temperature physics. Professor Jukka Pekola from Aalto University is awarded the Simon Memorial Prize for fundamental achievements in quantum thermodynamics, metrology and cryogenics based on nanoscale electronic devices. Dr Jukka Pekola is selected as the 2020 Simon Memorial Prize Winner.