Archibald Ollé Prize

The Archibald Ollé Prize of $500 is is awarded from time to time at the discretion of Council to the author who has submitted and had accepted the best single-author paper to the Society’s Journal. The prize was established under the terms of a bequest of Mrs A. D. Ollé.

The Prize is awarded by Council on the recommendation of the Journal Editor, assisted by a sub-committee of the Editorial Board. Publication in the Journal will be taken as a nomination for the Prize.

The sole criterion for this award is how well does the paper succeed in promoting the image and purposes of the Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales.

Archibald Ollé Prize 2020

The 2020 Archibald Ollé Prize has been awarded to the late Dr Ann Moyal AM FRSN for the paper “P.A.M. Dirac and the Maverick Mathematician,” Journal & Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. 150, part 2, 2017, pp. 188–194. The paper’s abstract: “Historian of science Ann Moyal recounts the story of a singular correspondence between the great British physicist, P. A. M. Dirac, at Cambridge, and J. E. Moyal, then a scientist from outside academia working at the de Havilland Aircraft Company in Britain (later an academic in Australia), on the question of a statistical basis for quantum mechanics. A David and Goliath saga, it marks a paradigmatic study in the history of quantum physics.“

List of Past Recipients of the Archibald Ollé Prize

1956 R.L Stanton 1974 D.A. Gray
1958 A. Reichel 1977 L.A. Drake
1959 G. Bosson 1978 D.S. King
1960 H.G. Golding 1979 R.J. Korsch
1961 V.A. Bailey 1981 H.A. Martin
1962 J.C. Standard 1983 D.S. King & N.R .Lomb
1964 J.L. Griffith 1984 R.A.L. Osborne & T.J. Goodwin
1965 J. Roberts 1985-6 R.S. Vagg & P.A. Williams
1966 R.A. Binns 1987 S.J. Riley & H.M. Henry
1967 J.R. Connolly 1994 M. Organ
1970 B.B. Guy 1997 G. Neef
    2020 A. Moyal



Important Notice (13 July 2021): The nomination forms have now been amended and have been reinstated on the website.  The Society expresses its sincere regret for any inconvenience that has been caused.  Should further issues arise, please notify the Society's secretariat.

These prestigious awards for excellence in science, engineering, philosophy and the arts, awarded by Australia's oldest learned society, recognise outstanding achievements.  

In 2021, nominations will be sought for the:
James Cook MedalClarke Medal and Memorial Lecture, Edgeworth David Medal, History and Philosophy of Science Medal, Poggendorff LectureshipPollock Memorial LectureWarren Prize, and the Royal Society of NSW Scholarships

Also, nominations will be sought for the Royal Society of NSW Medal and the Royal Society of NSW Citations, each of which recognise substantive contributions by a Member or Fellow to the work of the Society.

Nominations for the 2021 Awards open on 1 July 2021 and close on 30 September 2021. 

For 2021, each application must be accompanied by a completed nomination form (available from 1 July 2021) and supply the specified information.    

Information about the Awards, instructions for making nominations, and links to the nomination forms can be obtained by clicking on the Award name in the drop-down list under the “Awards” menu.

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