The Jak Kelly Award

The Jak Kelly Award was created in honour of Professor Jak Kelly (1928 - 2012), who was Head of Physics at University of NSW from 1985 to 1989, was made an Honorary Professor of University of Sydney in 2004, and was President of the Royal Society of NSW in 2005 and 2006.  

Its purpose is to encourage excellence in postgraduate research in physics.  It is supported by the Royal Society of NSW and the Australian Institute of Physics, NSW branch.  The winner is selected from a short list of candidates who made presentations at the most recent Australian Institute of Physics, NSW Branch Postgraduate Awards.

More details of Professor Kelly's life can be found here.

Jak Kelly Award 2020

Matthew DonnellyThe winner of the Jak Kelly Award for 2020 is  Matthew Donnelly, a PhD candidate at the University of NSW.  Mr Donelly is researching monolithic donor structures in silicon and their application in spin-based quantum computing, with a focus on using 3D fabrication techniques to precisely control tunnel rates and other parameters critical to the operation of spin qubits.

Jak Kelly Award 2019

The winner of the Jak Kelly Award for 2019 is Gayathri Bharathan from Macquarie University. Her research investigates the all-integrated mid-infrared laser sources and their potential application in medicine.

Jak Kelly Award 2018

The winner of the Jak Kelly Award for 2018 was Anita Petzler from Macquarie University. Her research investigates the interstellar medium of gas beween the stars of a galaxy—the raw material from which new stars are formed, with a particular focus on the implementation of an automated analysis pipeline that allows for the rapid and accurate extraction of parameters that determine the formation of stars in galaxies.

Recent winners of the Jak Kelly Award

2010: Julian King (UNSW)
2011: Martin Fuechsle (UNSW)
2012: Andrew Ong (UNSW)
2013: Xavier Zambrana-Puylato (Macquarie University)
2014: Linh Tran (University of Wollongong)
2015: James Colless (University of Sydney)
2016: Matthew Barr (University of Newcastle)
2017: Moritz Merklein (University of Sydney)
2018: Anita Petzler (Macquarie University)
2019: Gayathri Bharathan (Macquarie University)
2020: Matthew Donnelly (UNSW (Sydney))



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.    Nominations should be sent to this email address.

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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