|Institute of Physics Isaac Newton Medal and Prize|
|Awarded for||World-leading contributions to physics by an individual of any nationality.|
|Sponsored by||Institute of Physics|
|Presented by||Institute of Physics|
|Reward(s)||Gold medal, £1000|
The Isaac Newton Medal and Prize is a gold medal awarded annually by the Institute of Physics (IOP) accompanied by a prize of £1,000.The award is given to a physicist, regardless of subject area, background or nationality, for outstanding contributions to physics. The award winner is invited to give a lecture at the Institute. It is named in honour of Sir Isaac Newton.
The first medal was awarded in 2008 to Anton Zeilinger, having been announced in 2007.It gained national recognition in the UK in 2013 when it was awarded for technology that could lead to an 'invisibility cloak'. By 2018 it was recognised internationally as the highest honour from the IOP.
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