The prize has been promoted jointly by the Italian Physical Society (SIF) and the Institute of Physics (IOP) on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Giuseppe Occhialini with the aim to honour his memory as well as to strengthen the relationships between the two Societies.
The prize is announced on an annual basis alternatively by the SIF and IOP, to award a physicist based in Italy or in the UK or Ireland, respectively, in recognition of distinguished work in Physics research carried out within the past 10 years.
For the year 2013 the Prize is awarded by the Institute of Physics, more information are available at the web page http://www.iop.org/about/awards/index.html in the section "International Bilateral Awards".
List of winners
Giuseppe Occhialini Award 2012
- Eugenio COCCIA
- For his major contribution to the realization of the first long term observatories with cryogenic and ultracryogenic detectors of gravitational waves, and for his international role in the gravitational wave community and in the broader community of astroparticle physics.
Giuseppe Occhialini Award 2011
- Gian Luca OPPO
- For novel insights into nonlinear and quantum optical phenomena, especially spatio-temporal phenomena, achieved through the development and application of powerful techniques for small-scale computing.
Giuseppe Occhialini Award 2010
- Ignazio CIUFOLINI
- For providing further experimental confirmation of Einstein's theory of General Relativity through the use of laser-ranged satellites to study and measure frame-dragging.
Giuseppe Occhialini Award 2009
- Gaetana LARICCHIA
- For distinguished work on experimental positron physics, in particular for developing and using the world's only positronium beam.
Giuseppe Occhialini Award 2008
- Francesco VISSANI
- For his distinguished contributions to neutrino physics and, in particular, to the phenomenology and theory of neutrino mass and mixing.