Two physicists from Ireland have been honoured at the Institute of Physics annual awards event in London, which also featured well-known physicist and science communicator Brian Cox giving the keynote address.
Professor Colin O’Dowd of NUI Galway received the 2012 Appleton medal and prize for his outstanding contributions to research in atmospheric aerosol-cloud-climate interactions. His research is used to improve climate and air pollution prediction models and Earth system research.
Professor Colin Latimer of Queen’s University Belfast was presented with the Phillips award in recognition of his outstanding service to the Institute of Physics. His research interests lie in the area of atomic and molecular processes and interactions.
He has served in many roles with the Institute, including treasurer, member of its governing council chair of the Atomic and Molecular Interaction Group, the Institute of Physics in Ireland (1980-89) and the Division of Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics (DAMOPP) (1999-2005).
Here’s a 17-minute video of Brian Cox’s keynote address at the awards ceremony, on the subject that “It is not acceptable to promote bad science”.