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Published: 04 August 2020

Jim Al-Khalili awarded prestigious Royal Society medal

World renowned theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster, Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRS, has been awarded the Royal Society’s Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal and Lecture.

The Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal and Lecture is given for excellence in a subject relating to the history of science, philosophy of science or the social function of science.

Named as one of 25 recipients of the Royal Society’s prestigious medals and awards announced today (Tuesday 4 August 2020), Professor Al-Khalili was commended for “explaining complex ideas in modern physics in an approachable way, always with a strong sense of historical context. His contributions to televised histories of electricity, quantum physics and work in quantum biology are all noteworthy.”

Jim Al-Khalili, Distinguished Chair, Professor of Physics and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey, said: “I am very grateful to the Royal Society for this wonderful award and of course owe a huge debt of gratitude to my colleagues at the University of Surrey for their continued support. 

“These unprecedented times have shown us how important scientific knowledge is for the benefit of all of humanity, and communicating that knowledge and the way we have come to acquire it is now more important than ever. I will do my best to continue to play my part in this endeavour.”

Professor Justin Read, Head of Physics at the University of Surrey, said: “On behalf of the Department of Physics here at the University of Surrey, I would like to congratulate Jim for this much deserved award. His communications skills are extraordinary, inspiring students and colleagues all over the world during his time here at Surrey.”

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