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Honorary Fellowship

We invite nominations of exceptional individuals for the award of our highest honour, Honorary Fellow. Our Honorary Fellowships acknowledge physicists who have contributed to physics generally or to the work of the Institute.

Honorary Fellows act as ambassadors for the IOP. They will have made contributions in any of the following areas.

Research achievement of Nobel level

Honorary Fellows may have led a distinguished career in:

  • research (including in the application of physics or physics-based technologies) in an academe or industry
  • leadership of an international facility, for example the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
  • service of the country through senior advisory committees

We may award Honorary Fellowship to previous winners of our awards. This will be for contributions made after they received their medal.

Business leaders

Honorary Fellows may have contributed to research or leadership of a company, and this has been of significant benefit.

Contributions to the welfare of physics through service to the government or politics

An Honorary Fellow may have promoted physics through their government or political service. For example they may have been a science minister or politician whose work has been particularly beneficial to the science and physics communities. They could be:

  • a working peer
  • an advisor to government, for example the Chief Scientific Advisor
  • an external advisor to government or government agencies whose work or reports have been particularly influential or beneficial to physics


Honorary Fellows may have done good works or committed significant amounts of personal wealth to benefit physics.

Service to the Institute of Physics

Honorary Fellows may have made exceptional contributions to the Institute, including its publishing activities. We may recognise someone whose relationship with the Institute is of tremendous benefit.

Making a nomination

Nominations for Honorary Fellowship will open again in April 2019.

Learn more about Honorary Fellows and their work