Prize winners

Arthur H Cooke Memorial Prize (1st year graduate student)

The prize is awarded for distinguished work by a first year research student in Condensed Matter Physics. It was first awarded in 1991.

Year Winner
1991 Chen Yifang (supervisor Robin Nicholas)
1992 Jason Caulfield (supervisor John Singleton)
1993 Geraldine Houston (supervisor John Singleton)
1994 Simon Benjamin (supervisor Neil Johnson)
1995 Caelia Bryn-Jacobsen (supervisor Roger Cowley)
1996 Gian-Mattia Schucan (supervisor Mark Fox)
1997 Paul Clegg (supervisor Roger Cowley)
1998 Pierre Gay (supervisor John Ryan)
1999 Michel Kenzelmann (supervisor Roger Cowley)
2000 Giovanni Bianchi (supervisor John Ryan)
2001 Jason Brown (supervisor John Ryan)
2002 Tom Lancaster (supervisor Steve Blundell) and
Chiu Fan Lee (Neil Johnson)
2003 Alexandra Olaya Castro (Neil Johnson) and
Sonia Sharmin (Arzhang Ardavan and Steve Blundell)
2004 Kislon Voitchovsky (supervisor John Ryan)
2005 Patrick Hales (supervisor Harry Jones)
2006 Olivier Rival (supervisors Arzhang Ardavan and Steve Blundell)
2007 Richard Tuley (supervisor Robin Nicholas)
2008 Alexy Karenowska (supervisor John Gregg) and
Joe Torella (supervisor Achillefs Kapanidis)
2009 Isabel Franke (supervisor Steve Blundell) and
Mark Holmes (supervisor Robert Taylor)
2010 Stephan Uphoff (supervisor Achillefs Kapanidis)
2011 Johannes Moeller (supervisor Stephen Blundell)
2012 Anne Plochowietz (supervisor Achillefs Kapanidis)
2013 Ani Nersisyan (supervisor Peter Leek)
2014 Bo Jing (supervisor Achillefs Kapanidis)
2015 Han Peng (supervisor Yulin Chen)
2016 Joel Spratt (supervisors Richard Berry and Andrew Turberfield
2017 To be announced in October 2017

David Ryan Prize (2nd year graduate student)

The prize is awarded for distinguished work by a second year research student in Condensed Matter Physics. It was first awarded in 2006.

Year Winner
2006 Anas Jarjour (supervisor Robert Taylor)
2007 Tom Bilyard (supervisor Richard Berry)
2008 Stephan Schmid (supervisor Laura Herz)
2009 Phillip Staniczenko (supervisor Nick Jones)
2010 Ben Fulcher and Mark Holmes (supervisors Nick Jones and Robert Taylor)
2011 Amadeus Stevenson (supervisors Sonia Antoranz Contera and Sonia Trigueros) and Chaw Keong Yong (supervisor Laura Herz)
2012 Katherine Dunn (supervisor Andrew Turberfield)
2013 Nakita Noel (supervisor Henry Snaith)
2014 Michael Peterer (supervisor Peter Leek)
2015 Noah Waterfield Price (supervisor Paolo Radaelli)
2016 David McMeekin (supervisor Henry Snaith)
2017 Timothy Crothers (supervisor Laura Herz)

Kurti Prize (3rd year graduate student)

The prize is awarded for distinguished work by a third year research student in Condensed Matter Physics. It was first awarded in 2004.

Year Winner
2004 Tom Lancaster (supervisor Steve Blundell)
2005 Russell Goodman (supervisor Andrew Turberfield)
2006 Enrique Castro Camus (supervisor Michael Johnston)
2007 Alex Reid (supervisor John Gregg)
2008 Olivier Rival (supervisors Steve Blundell/Arzhang Ardavan)
2009 Matthew Baker and Yusdi Santoso (supervisors Richard Berry and Achillefs Kapanidis)
2010 Shelley Wickham and Henning Urban (supervisor Andrew Turberfield)
2011 Ben Fulcher (supervisor Nick Jones) and Sam Stranks (supervisor Michael Johnston)
2012 Chaw Keong Yong (supervisor Laura Herz)
2013 ./.
2014 Danielle Kaminski (supervisor Arzhang Ardavan)
2015 Jack Miller (supervisors Prof Harry Jones & Damian Tyler)
2016 Marein Rahn (supervisor Andrew Boothroyd)
2017 Andrea Bonilla Brunner (supervisor Sonia Antoranz Contera) & Christopher Davies (supervisor Michael Johnston)

Kurti Prize (technical work)

The prize is awarded in recognition of outstanding technical work for Condensed Matter Physics. It was first awarded in 2004.

Year Winner Details
2004 Tony Hickman For a magnet which ensured the success of the ARMS European project
2005 George Dancer, Mick Stone, and Casper Muncaster For the refurbishment of an experimental laboratory to an exceptional standard
2006 John Denton For the construction of an excellent THz spectrometer
2007 D. Prabhakaran for his innovative growth of single crystals, especially of sodium cobaltate
2007 Patrick Hales and Tony Hickman For designing and building a high Tc superconducting magnet system for controlling a plasma in a commercial sputtering environment
2008 Robert Storey  
2008 Paul Goddard  
2009 Fred Wondre For his essential contribution to the design, construction and testing of the new X-ray Laue system
2009 Heather Lewtas For the construction of a dielectric spectrometer
2010 Prabhakaran Dharmalingham For leading an internationally-leading crystal growth effort in the Clarendon, showing enormous dedication, remarkable technical skill and keen scientific insight. In the past year alone, this work has been a key component of collaborative efforts leading to one Nature paper, two Science papers and two Physical Review Letters.
2010 Alexy Karenowska For conceiving, designing and undertaking two remarkably challenging projects, the first to establish the viability of mechanical coupling to long wavelength (magnetostatic) propagating spin waves in thin-film magnetic structures; the second to study frequency conversion and time reversal phenomena in a dynamic magnonic crystal. In both cases, the keys to success were dedication, perseverance and scientific insight, combined with a high degree of technical skill.