The URSI awards are presented at the Opening Ceremony of the URSI General Assembly.
The "senior" awards are the Balthasar van der Pol Gold Medal, the John Howard Dellinger Gold Medal, the
Appleton Prize, and the Booker Gold Medal, and the "junior" awards are the Koga Gold Medal and the Santimay Basu Prize.
Call for nominations
Each of the six URSI awards which will be presented at the Opening Ceremony of the URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium which will be held in Beijing, China on 16 August 2014 is open for nominations until 15 August 2013 (or 31 October 2013 for the Santimay Basu Prize).
The rules governing these Awards can be downloaded (PDF). The document also includes a list of former laureates of the different awards.
A nomination form is also available for download (MsWord or PDF).
Possible recipients are nominated by URSI Member Committees, URSI Commissions or former recipients of the URSI Awards:
Each can submit up to four names for the senior awards and two names for the junior awards. For each nominee, the most appropriate award should be indicated, submitting only one name for each award. A senior award is for career achievements, but with evidence of significant achievements in the six year period ending one year before the General Assembly and Scientific Symposium.
Consistent with the above, candidates unsuccessfully nominated for the awards in 2011 can be considered.
The applications will be evaluated by a group of experts familiar with the nominee's field of expertise.
Recipients of the Balthasar van der Pol Gold Medal
Dr. N. ENGHETA, USA
Citation: "For groundbreaking contributions and innovations in electromagnetic theory and applications of composite materials, metamaterials and nanoscale optics, bio-inspired imaging and sensing, and material-based optical nanocircuitry.".
Prof. E. HEYMAN, Israel
Citation: "For developing mathematical tools to analyze the generation, propagation and scattering of beam-shaped electromagnetic fields, and their engineering applications.".
Prof. W.J. WELCH, USA
Citation: "Pioneer of millimeter wavelength interferometry to investigate astronomical objects ranging from solar system planets to galaxies at the edge of the Universe with spectral and angular resolution.".
Prof. I.V. LINDELL, Finland
Citation: "For the development of new methods and solutions in electromagnetic field theory and for exceptional didactic skills.".
Prof. A.T. DE HOOP, Netherlands
Citation: "For fundamental contributions to the theory of radiation and scattering of waves.".
Prof. S. SHAMAI, Israel
Citation: "For contributions to the basic understanding of the potentials for and the limitations to information transfer through various communication channel models.".
Prof. R.F. HARRINGTON, USA
Citation: "For contributions to electromagnetics and the development of the method of moments".
Prof. T.B.A. SENIOR, USA
Citation: "For theoretical contributions to diffraction and scattering of electromagnetic waves, with particular reference to the simulation of material effects in scattering.".
Prof. A.A. OLINER, USA
Citation: "Contributions to theory of guided waves, especially leaky waves, and novel radiating structures.".
Dr. T. HAGFORS, Norway
Citation: "Contributions to radar engineering and the theory and experimental development of the incoherent scatter techniques.".
Prof. W.G. FARNELL, Canada
Citation: "Work in physical electronics, in particular on microwave lenses, spin phonon interactions in solids, microwave acoustics, and acoustic microscopy.".
Prof. D.S. JONES, UK
Citation: "Work on electromagnetic theory and, in particular, on the development of a number of analytical approaches.".
Dr. J.R. WAIT, USA
Citation: "Work on propagation of electromagnetic waves in the Earth’s crust, and application of results.".
Prof. L.B. FELSEN, USA
Citation: "Application of ray-optical methods to studies of the propagation and diffraction of electromagnetic waves.".
Dr. B.D. JOSEPHSON, UK
Citation: "Electronic effects in superconductors.".
Dr. J.P. WILD, Australia
Citation: "Radio astronomy, including completion of a notable high-resolution radio-heliograph.".
Prof. W.E. GORDON, USA
Citation: "Development of the incoherent scatter technique for ionospheric studies.".
Sir Martin RYLE, UK
Citation: "Application of the phase switching and aperture synthesis techniques to antennas for radio astronomy.".