The winners of this year’s Institute of Physics [IoP] awards have been announced. Among the recipients were Martin Rees, who receives the IoP’s flagship international prize – the Isaac Newton Medal – for his outstanding contributions to relativistic astrophysics and cosmology.
“Lord Rees is a hugely important figure in astrophysics and cosmology. While our capability to observe the peculiarities of our Universe has grown at an unprecedented rate, his insights have provided us with a roadmap to make sense of them,” said IoP president Peter Knight.
Rees, who has been both the director of Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy and the president of the Royal Society, has had enormous impact on the field of astrophysics His exciting astronomical predictions – notably including how all large galaxies have a supermassive black hole at their core – have greatly furthered our understanding of the universe,
In addition, Rees has been a prolific and successful author, penning not only over 500 research papers, but also six popular books aimed at the general public.
In addition to the Isaac Newton Medal, a number of Gold, Subject, Early Career and Education and Outreach award winners have also been announced. For more information on the IoP’s awards – and the full list of this year’s winners – please visit the IoP website.