Awards

To be given during the Closing Ceremony (Friday 17th July) to Graduate Students (M.sc. & Ph.d.), Post-Docs and Early Career Scientists in 7 distinct categories:

BEST ORAL PRESENTATION

Martin Aitken Prize 

(1922-2017)
 Physicist – One of the founding fathers of archaeometry

Martin Jim Aitken was born and educated at Stamford School, Lincolnshire. He went up to Wadham College, Oxford, to read physics, but his studies were interrupted by the Second World War…

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BEST POSTER PRESENTATION

Vagn Mejdahl Prize 

(1928-1997)
Physicist – Founder and leader of the Nordic Laboratory for Luminescence Dating at Risø

Vagn was from a rural community in western Jutland and left school when he was 10 years old. Despite this, he acquired an education and graduated in physics from  Copenhagen in 1955. In 1958…

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BEST METHODOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT

Galina Hütt Prize 

(1937 – 2000)
Physicist – Pioneer in luminescence dating

In 1954, she started her University studies in the Department of Physics of Tartu University where she was to stay until 1974. After graduation (in 1959), she was briefly high school teacher…

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BEST INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT IN INSTRUMENTATION

Georges Valladas Prize 

(1920 – 2004)
Engineer and Physicist – Pioneer in luminescence dating in France

Valladas was born into a very modest family, a situation which limited his educational opportunities. Nevertheless, at the age of 17 he entered the prestigious laboratory of Paul Langevin…

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BEST APPLICATION

Ann Wintle Prize 

(1948 – today)
Physicist – Pioneer in luminescence dating, key studies on UK loess

Wintle has played a leading role in the development and use of luminescence dating in both naturally occurring minerals and archaeological artefacts and sites…

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BEST NOVEL IDEA

Motoji Ikeya Prize 

(1940 – 2006)
Physicist – Pioneer in Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) dating

He obtained his first university degree in 1963 from the Department of Electronic Engineering at Osaka University, and his PhD in 1967 from the Department of Nuclear Engineering at…

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BRIGHTEST YOUNG STARS

Nicolaus Copernicus Prize 

(1473 – 1543)
Mathematician and Astronomer – Formulated the model of heliocentrism.

Nicolaus Copernicus was one of the great astronomers of the 16th century. His father was a rich merchant and Nicolaus was one of 4 children. (He had 1 brother and 2 sisters)…

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