Professor Gill awarded Rumford Medal

5 August 2020

Professor Patrick Gill MBE FRS has been awarded the Royal Society’s Rumford Medal for outstanding research in the field of physics.

The award recognises Professor Gill’s development of optical atomic clocks of exquisite precision, of ultra-stable lasers and of frequency standards for fundamental physics, quantum information processing, space science, satellite navigation and Earth observation.

Professor Gill is a Senior National Physical Laboratory (NPL) Fellow in Optical Frequency Standards and Metrology. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford’s Department of Physics and he completed a DPhil on gas laser excitation mechanisms at Oxford in 1975. He currently co-supervises several Oxford DPhil students who are developing new designs of clocks at the National Metrology Institute based at the NPL.

Professor Christopher Foot who is acting Head of Atomic and Laser Physics at Oxford comments: ‘Professor Gill has pioneered the development of new technology for national time and frequency standards over many decades and has led work at the NPL that has turned these new ideas into working clocks based on laser-cooled atoms and ions. For the resilience of infrastructure and electronic communications that rely on precise timing of signals, a network of ultra-stable clocks is of national importance.’

Head of Department at Oxford, Professor Ian Shipsey concludes: ‘Patrick is an authority in his field and he has spearheaded a body of work that has practical application across a range of disciplines. Patrick’s award is thoroughly deserved and we are all extremely proud of him.’

Read more on the Royal Society website.