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The Institute of Physics awards 2018 Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize to Jess Wade

24 July 2018

Jess Wade
Jess Wade

SPIE Early Career Professional Member Jess Wade, a post-doctoral researcher at the Imperial College London, received the 2018 Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics (IOP), one of the Institute’s Bronze Early Career Medals awarded annually to recognize and reward exceptional early career contributions.

Established in 2016 the medal and prize honors the memory of physicist Daphne Jackson. In 1971, Jackson became Britain’s first female professor of physics at Surrey University and later rose to be dean. She was president of the Women’s Engineering Society and vice-president of the IoP, after being its youngest ever Fellow. A tireless advocate for women, she introduced the returner’s fellowships for women who were having difficulty getting back into science after a career break. The IoP award in her name recognizes exceptional early career contributions to physics education and to widening participation within it.

According to the citation Wade received the honor for acting as an internationally-recognized ambassador for STEM, enhancing engagement across a wide range of demographics, through sustained and stimulating community engagement and outreach. Her efforts to bring greater awareness to prominent women in science has garnered international attention. Writing 270 Wikipedia pages, each on an important female scientist, demonstrates the very outreach activity that earned her the IoP medal and prize.

Learn more about Wade in her SPIE profile in the 2018 SPIE Women In Optics planner.