Previous Winners of RMS Medals
President's Medal for Services to the Society
The RMS President’s Medal is awarded for an exceptional voluntary contribution to the work of the RMS.
2015 Winner - Dr Chris Hammond, University of Leeds (retired)
Dr Hammond was recognised for his numerous contributions to the RMS through his voluntary roles as Executive Honorary Secretary, Archivist and an Outreach Committee Member. He co-founded the AMFES Scheme (A Microscope For Every School), providing funding towards microscopes purchased by schools nationwide, he has successfully organised the Light Microscopy Course for over 20 years and, at the RMS’ flagship event the Microscience Microscopy Congress, he can always be found on the Learning Zone, an area designed to help and advise microscopists at all stages of their career. He generously authored one of the RMS Handbook Series – ‘Introduction to Crystallography’ and refurbishes microscopes donated to the Society back to prime condition. His unfaltering enthusiasm and motivation for the science means he has inspired and helped so many of the newest generation of microscopists and the RMS are pleased to be able to celebrate all he has accomplished
Vice-Presidents' Medal for Microscopy Research and Laboratory Support
The Vice-Presidents' Medal recognises the 'unsung heroes' of microscopy by making an award to an engineer, technician or laboratory research support scientist
2015 Winner - Kim Findlay, John Innes Centre
Kim manages the BioImaging Facility at the John Innes Centre and was recognised for her outstanding contributions to electron microscopy, particularly in plant and microbial imaging. She is often at the forefront of proposals for new equipment at the Centre and will train new users on these advanced and complex instruments. When the John Innes Centre relocated in 2007, Kim designed the new Bioimaging Facility and supervised the successful move, retaining the world-class standard she has helped the facility achieve. She has an active input in numerous scientific projects and has made important and long-standing contributions to Streptomyces research. Her images have been shortlisted a number of times in Scientific Imaging Competitions and she recently organised a brand new RMS Course, a Basic Introduction on how to colour EM Images using Photoshop which was incredibly well received by all the delegates. She is equally active in Outreach activities, and runs school tours, demonstrations and the ‘Inside Science’ annual workshops for gifted science students. She has also previously appeared on a special episode of Gardener’s World and wrote a popular article ‘The Science of Attraction’ for the Financial Times magazine.
Kim was recognised by her colleagues and supervisors as going above and beyond her role at the John Innes Centre; always willing to help, advise and enthuse not only colleagues and those she trains but also the general public and young students, inspiring the next generation of microscopists.
Alan Agar Medal for Electron Microscopy
The aim of the award is to celebrate and mark outstanding scientific achievements applying electron microscopy in the field of physical or life sciences
2015 Winner - Dr Mathieu Kociak, Paris South University
Dr Kociak has developed a new variety of Electron Microscopy (EM), capable of performing cathodoluminescence (CL) experiments simultaneously with the electron microscopy. This has been dubbed as ‘the beginning of a unification of optical and electron microscopy.’
Dr Kociak and the team he has built over the past 10 years has played a leading role in the emergence of electrons in a STEM technique for nanooptics. This has involved both theoretical and experimental developments, important technical developments designing and producing innovative CL-compatible sample holders and stages. The unification of two core fields of microscopy – optical and electronic – are currently underway, largely driven by the developments pioneered and pursued by Dr Kociak.
Medal for Light Microscopy
The aim of the award is to celebrate and mark outstanding scientific achievements applying or developing new forms of light microscopy
2015 Winner - Dr Susan Cox, Kings College London
During her career, Dr Cox has developed a new form of super resolution light microscopy called 3B – Bayesian analysis of Bleaching & Blinking, a method which analyses data in which many overlapping fluorophores undergo bleaching and blinking events, giving the structure at enhanced resolution, 3B significantly improves resolution of live specimens. Her contribution to localisation microscopy, using blinking and other probes, is outstanding. Her software is now used world-wide to handle data from localisation methods of microscopy and she is becoming the clear voice of rational planning in this field, defining its limits and possibilities for the large number of people who are now entering it. Dr. Cox has used 3B and other superresolution imaging approaches to explore a variety of biological questions, including several related to podosome and RhoA signaling along the leading edge of crawling cells. Dr Cox now runs her own group at King’s College London and has continued to provide new directions for improving superresolution imaging techniques. Dr Cox is widely recognized for her contributions in this area by the broader scientific community and is very generous in providing her tools and knowledge-3B can now be readily downloaded, with Image J plugins and source codes for its performance and it has been noted by many how clear, concise and engaging Dr Cox’s lectures are.
Medal for Life Sciences
The aim of the award is to celebrate and mark outstanding scientific achievements applying microscopy in the field of cell biology.
2015 Winner - Dr John Briggs, European Molecular Biology Laboratory
Dr Briggs is an excellent ambassador for the power of microscopy in modern life sciences research, with his work spanning both fields of virus particle structure and vesicle trafficking. He has made significant technical developments which have facilitated techniques such as time resolved electron tomography of clathrin coated vesicle formation, this along with other work of Dr Briggs have led to significant changes in the understanding of these pathways.
Dr Briggs has capitalized on his position as a group leader at the EMBL in Heidelberg to produce work of the highest quality. His contributions have been highly significant in both virology and membrane trafficking, giving new insight through quite exceptional high resolution imaging.
Dr Briggs continues to work at the forefront of his field and is held in high regard by many of his peers and international leaders in these fields.
Medal for Innovation in Applied Microscopy for Materials Science
The aim of the award is to celebrate and mark outstanding scientific achievements in applying microscopy in the field of materials science.
2015 Winner - Prof Angus Wilkinson, University of Oxford
Professor Wilkinson has been pivotal in the development and application of High Resolution Electron Backscatter Diffraction (HR-EBSD) This technique extracts residual elastic strains and lattice rotation with very high precision from real materials. This work has been highly innovative and has extended the capabilities of the laboratory tool, increasing its competitiveness with more expensive synchrotron techniques and providing information that correlates with other microscopy techniques. Professor Wilkinson continues to innovate the technique and apply it to new and interesting materials science problems and solving real challenges such as the physical understanding of failure of components.
HR-EBSD is now applied to solve real issues in a wide range of industrial fields, such as aerospace engineering, nuclear power, and semiconductor manufacturing producing reliable results, allowing the industry to experience real benefits from this innovative technique developed by Professor Wilkinson.
Medal for Scanning Probe Microscopy
This award celebrates outstanding progress made in the field of scanning probe microscopy (SPM)
2015 Winner - Dr Sergei Kalinin, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dr Kalinin has made transformational contributions to the field of scanning probe microscopy that have established the electromechanics of nanoscale systems as a new and exciting field of research.
Dr Kalinin and his colleagues have laid the foundations for this new field through the development of revolutionary SPM techniques that have led in turn to some crucial discoveries in physics, chemistry and materials science. Dr Kalinin’s work provides the basis for entirely new approaches to the study of energy transformation, phase transitions and electrochemical reactivity on the level of single defects and atoms in solids. His techniques have been widely adopted across the SPM community, demonstrating Dr Kalinin’s work as original, innovative and transformational.