Published: 28 August 2019

Professor Jim Al-Khalili made Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics

World renowned physicist and broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili has been presented with the Institute of Physics’ (IOP) highest accolade.  

On Thursday 29 August the IOP awarded Professor Al-Khalili an Honorary Fellowship  “for his outstanding contributions as a broadcaster and presenter in communicating science to the public.”  

Professor Al-Khalili was elected Fellow of the IOP in 2000, when he also received the IOP Public Awareness of Physics Award. Later, in 2011, he was awarded the IOP’s Kelvin Medal, an award that recognises outstanding contributions to the public understanding of physics.  

With this Honorary Fellowship, Professor Al-Khalili joins other noted scientists including Professor Dame Athene Donald, Sir Richard Henry Friend and Professor Sir James Hough.  

Jim Al-Khalili, Professor of Physics and Distinguished Chair at the University of Surrey, said: “I am grateful to my colleagues and the Institute of Physics for this honour. Whether it’s on radio, television, in my writings or in the classroom, I am simply doing what I love to do - nothing more. I’ve been lucky that my passion has resonated.”  

Professor Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey, said: “Professor Jim Al-Khalili is a great ambassador for both physics and for the University of Surrey; we are very proud of him. I congratulate Jim on a much-deserved honour.” 

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