Rutherford Memorial Medals


Royal Society of Canada

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Award Details

The RSC administers over 20 prestigious awards in recognition of outstanding achievement.

The Rutherford Memorial Medals are awarded for outstanding research in physics and in chemistry.

Awarded: Annually
Next deadline: 2024

The Rutherford Memorial Medals were established in 1980 by the RSC in memory of Lord Rutherford of Nelson, a great scientist and a leader in nuclear research. They replace the Rutherford Memorial Scholarship founded in 1952 thanks to donations from the Lord Rutherford Memorial Fund.

The medals are awarded for outstanding research during the formative stage of a career in any branch of physics and chemistry and in recognition of Lord Rutherford’s own research carried out in Canada at a relatively young age. Preference will be given to candidates who have received their PhD within the previous 15 years. Each gold plated silver medal is offered every year if there is a suitable candidate.

Previous Award Winners


  • Emily D. Cranston (Wood Science / Chemical and Biological Engineering)


  • Ingrid Stairs (Physics & Astronomy), Physics

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