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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.


An Honorary Fellowship is the highest accolade presented by the Institute of Physics to reflect an individual’s exceptional services to physics. Our community of Honorary Fellows have contributed to the advancement of physics through a range of means and serve as ambassadors for physics, physicists and the IOP.

We welcome nominations for peers you think meet any of the following criteria:

  • have made distinguished contributions to physics, physicists or the IOP
  • are recognised as eminent figures within the community
  • hold influential roles to effect change to support the mission of the IOP

Honorary Fellows that are successful in their nomination typically display some or all of the following attributes:

  • renowned for sustained research achievement of international significance
  • distinguished contributors to the welfare of physics through government/political service
  • prominent captains of industry that have a strong physics base (harnessing physics-based innovation or physicists in the workforce)
  • recognised leaders in science (and particularly physics) education and public outreach
  • outstanding technicians contributing to physics in secondary schools, further education and higher education, national research facilities, business and teams
  • well known supporters of internationally significant physics based programmes

We encourage nominations that reflect the diversity of physics and are representative of our community as a whole.

Making a nomination

Nominations open from 19 November and close on 13 January 2020. Visit our awards platform to start your nomination.

When making a nomination for Honorary Fellowship we recommend that nominators do not inform those being nominated.

Learn more about Honorary Fellows and their work