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The Council has two prizes within its gift, which are normally awarded annually.

British Vacuum Council Senior Prize

John Yarwood Memorial Medal

Each year the Council seeks nominations for the British Vacuum Council Senior Prize, with which is associated the John Yarwood Memorial Medal. The prize is awarded for distinguished contributions to British scientific research in the fields of vacuum science, surface science, thin films or any related topic in which vacuum science and engineering play an important role.

The John Yarwood Memorial Medal, established to honour the memory of Professor John Yarwood (an international figure in the field of vacuum physics and a founder member of the British Vacuum Council).

The prizewinner may be invited to deliver the BVC Annual Address at a suitable conference or meeting.

British Vacuum Council Junior Prize

British Vacuum Council Junior Prize Medal

The Council seeks to encourage scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers who carry out outstanding work in the field of vacuum science, surface science, thin films, or any related topic in which vacuum science and engineering play in important role. Nominees should be within ten years of receiving their first degree at the end of the calendar year in which the nomination is made. Awards may be made to non graduates whom the prize committee considers to be at an equivalent stage of their career. Candidates should normally be resident in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland

Prizewinners are awarded the Junior Prize which comprises the C R Burch Prize and the BVC Medal.


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The British Vacuum Council Senior Prize

The British Vacuum Council Senior Prize is awarded based on nominations submitted to the BVC. Nominations should be made on the form above.

The British Vacuum Council Junior Prize

Entries for the Prize may be by nomination or by direct (self) application. Entries should be made on the form above.

Nominations must be made by a member (any grade or class) of one of the constituent bodies of the British Vacuum Council; self-applicants must also be members of one of the bodies. All nominees must normally be resident in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland and must be within ten years of first graduation at the end of the year in which application/nomination is made. Non-graduates who are at an equivalent stage in their career may also be nominated.

The application form must be accompanied by by a short CV and a full list of publications. The citation on the form must indicate the extent to which the entrant has been responsible for the research for which the nomination is made, and the references listed on the form should be to that work.


To nominate someone for either award, please download and print the nomination form using the button above (PDF format), and send the completed form to the Secretariat (see Contacts tab above).

Note that nomination can be done at any time and nominations will be considered at the next meeting of the Prize Committee. Prize Committee meetings are scheduled in the February of the year of the award to ensure that awards can be made at conferences in the year of the award. The Prize Committee will be appointed by the BVC and the decision of the judges shall be final: no correspondence can be entered into regarding the decisions of the Committee.

Recipients of the BVC Senior Prize and John Yarwood Medal

2014Professor Geoffrey Thornton
2013Professor Richard Palmer, University of Birmingham
2012No prize awarded
2011Professor Peter Weightman
2010No prize awarded
2009Professor John Watts
2008Professor Chris McConville, University of Warwick

Recipients of the BVC Junior Prize and the BVC Medal and C R Burch Award

2014No prize awarded
2013Dr Philip King, St Andrews University, currently at Cornell University
2012No prize awarded
2011Dr Felicia Green, National Physical Laboratory, and Dr Peter Carrington, University of Lancaster
2010No prize awarded
2009Dr Timothy David Veal

The prizes were reconstituted in 2007.

Recipients of the BVC Medal and Prize

1999M Wyn Roberts
1998David Philip Woodruff
1997John Henry Leck
1996Neville Vincent Richardson
1995Martin Pengton Seah
1994John Brian Pendry
1993Michael Hitchman
1992John Pritchard
1991David Anthony King
1990Martin Prutton
1989John Cecil Riviere
1988Robin Hughes Williams

Previous winners of the John Yarwood Medal

2005Professor Richard Lambert
Professor Ian Boyd
No prize awarded
No prize awarded
No prize awarded
Professor Michael Bowker
1999Professor M Wyn Roberts
1998Professor D Philip Woodruff
1997Dr Bo Persson
1996Professor Alex Bradshaw
1995Professor G Magaritondo
1994Professor D Wayne Goodman
1993Professor L Shohet and Dr D E Aspnes
1992Dr John Haw
1991Dr Bruce Kay and Dr F van der Veen
1990Dr Joachim Roth
1989Professor C T Campbell

Previous winners of the C R Burch Prize

YearName Reason for winning
(where recorded)
2008No prize awarded
2007No prize awarded  
2006No prize awarded

2005Dr Gavin BellUniversity of Warwick 
2004No prize awarded  
2003No prize awarded  
2002No prize awarded  
2001No prize awarded
2000Dr Mike LeeUniversity of Hull 
1999Dr Christopher Baddeley

Dr Philip Moriaty
Lecturer in Surface Science, School of Chemistry, University of St Andrews

School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Nottingham
1998No prize awarded  
1997Dr Stephen Patrick WilksDept of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Wales, SwanseaOutstanding work in field of semiconductor interfaces
1996No prize awarded

1995Dr Jas Pal BadyalDept of Chemistry, University of Durham
1994Dr Dermot Monaghan
Dept of Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering, University of Salford
Development of new types of coating, and work in the field of physical vapour deposition
1993Dr Robert ShortDept of Engineering Materials, University of SheffieldWork on polymer surface analysis and surface molecular engineering
1992No prize awarded

1991No prize awarded  
1990Dr T S JonesImperial College 
1989Dr Karen Reeson

Dr Alfred Cerezo
Dept of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at University of Surrey

Dept of Metallurgy & Science of Materials at University of Oxford
1988Dr Elaine McCashCavendish Laboratory, Cambridge 
1987No prize awarded  
1986No prize awarded  
No prize awarded  
1984No prize awarded

1983Mr D C PeacockUniversity of YorkPaper on 'Instrumental effects in quantitative Auger electron spectroscopy'
1982No prize awarded  
1981Mr David KinghamCavendish Laboratory, Cambridge 

Annual Address speakers

YearSpeakerTopic (where recorded)
2005Professor Richard Lambert, UniversityofCambridgeApplication of Surface Science to Heterogeneous Catalysis
Professor Ian Boyd, University College London
No annual address given 
No annual address given

No annual address given 
Professor Michael Bowker, University of Reading

Professor M Wyn Roberts, Cardiff University
1998Professor D Philip Woodruff, University of Warwick, UK

1997Dr Bo Persson

1996Professor Alex Bradshaw, Fritz-Haber-Institute,Berlin
Molecules on Metal Surfaces: Structure and Bonding
1995Professor G Magaritondo, EPFL Lausanne
Photoelectron Spectromicroscopy with Ultra-bright Synchrotron Radiation
1994Professor D Wayne Goodman,TexasA&MUniversity

1993Professor L Shohet, Madison-Wisconsin
Dr D E Aspnes, North Carolina State University
Recent Progress in Plasma-Aided Manufacturing
Real-time Optical Diagnostics for Epitaxial Growth
1992Dr John Haw, Texas A&M University

1991Dr Bruce Kay,Sandia Laboratories, New Mexico
Dr F van der Veen, Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven

1990Dr Joachim Roth, Max-Planck Institt fr Plasmaphysik, Garching
1989Professor C T Campbell, University of IndianaStudies of Catalytic Kinetics and Mechanisms Over Well-Defined Model Catalysts Based Upon Single Crystal Surfaces
1988Professor T Madey, NBS Washington, DCElectron and Photon Stimulated Desorption of Ions From Surfaces: Benefits and Pitfalls
1987Professor R J Madix, Stanford University
Reaction Kinetics and Dynamics at Surfaces
1986Dr H Biederman, Charles University, Prague
Polymer Films Prepared by Plasma Polymerization and Their Potential Application
1985Dr R Tait,SERC Daresbury
Electrons, Photons and Ions at Daresbury
1984Dr E Kay, IBM San JoseThe Role of Ion Laser-Induced Processing in Contemporary Dry Processing Techniques
1983Dr A Luntz, IBM San Jose
Laser Probes of Molecular-Surface Dynamics
1982Sir Alec Merrison,Vice-Chancellor, University of Bristol
Science and Technology: Is There a Difference?
1981Dr J T Yates,NBS Washington, DC
Structural Factors in Chemisorption and Heterogeneous Catalysis
1980R N Jackson, Philips Research Laboratories, Redhill
Television: the Widening Horizon
1979Sir Arthur Vick, Vice-Chancellor, Queen's University of Belfast
Physics in Education
1978Dr D Eckhardt, Culham Laboratory
The Vacuum System of the Proposed JET Experiment
1977Professor G Carter, University of Salford
The Interaction Between Atomic Collisions in Solids and Vacuum
1976Professor Boyd
Studies in Nature's Most Abundant Vacuum
Dr E Jones, CERN, Geneva
The Design and Production of UHV Chambers, with particular reference to the CERN ISR
No annual address given 
Professor Tedford, University of Strathclyde
Vacuum Insulation in the Service of Industry
No annual address given 
Mr K C Barraclough, Firth Brown Ltd
Vacuum Technology in Steel Making
Dr L Holland, Edwards High Vacuum
A Review of Some Recent Vacuum Studies

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