The Warren Prize (Medal & Lecture)

The Warren Prize consists of a medal and lectureship in recognition of research by engineers and technologists in their early to mid-careers.  Early-career researchers will have established a publication record in top-tier journals and wish to reach a broader audience. Mid-career researchers will have completed a larger body of work relevant to society.

In both cases, the research must have originated or have been carried out principally in New South Wales. Entries may be submitted by researchers from any public or private organisation that encourages original research and development.

Nominations for the Warren Prize close on 30 September of each year in which nominations are sought. Entries are by submission of an original paper written to academic standards by the closing date to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of the Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales and by completion and return of the nomination form.  Entrants are also referred to the “Information for Authors” available on the Society’s website. The application procedure for this prize is described on the nomination form.

The submitted paper should review the applicant’s research and identify its national or international significance. Preference will be given to entries that demonstrate relevance across the spectrum of knowledge — science, art, literature, and philosophy — that the Society promotes. An interview may be required. The paper may refer to previously published research but must not violate copyright of previous publications.

Each application must comply with the conditions of the award and consist of a completed nomination form together with the supporting documents as specified here and on the form. Completed nomination forms should be sent to the email address listed on the nomination form. The submitted paper should be sent to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of the Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales.

The Warren Prize has been established by the Royal Society of NSW to acknowledge Professor Warren's contribution both to the Society and to the technological disciplines in Australia and internationally. William Henry Warren established the first faculty of engineering in New South Wales and was appointed as its Professor at the University of Sydney in 1884.  Professor Warren was President of the Royal Society of New South Wales on two occasions.  He had a long career of more than 40 years and during this time was considered to be the most eminent engineer in Australia.  When the Institution of Engineers, Australia was established in 1919, Professor Warren was elected as its first President.  He established an internationally respected reputation for the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney and published extensively, with many of his papers being published in the Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales.

Warren Prize 2020

Dr Simon Devitt The Warren Prize of the Royal Society of NSW has been awarded to Dr Simon Devitt of the Centre for Quantum Software and Information at the University of Technology Sydney. The judges were impressed with Dr Devitt’s portfolio of achievements, including his publication in top-tier journals, and his activity in commercialising ideas in the realm of quantum computing through start-up companies. Dr Devitt, who completed his PhD in 2007 at the University of Melbourne, has held positions at the National Institute of Informatics, Ochanomizu University, Keio University and Riken in Japan, and has worked as research fellow for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) at Macquarie University. He has developed key quantum computing architectures in atom-optics, diamond and ion trap systems, and invented quantum communications designs, second and third generation repeaters and the quantum sneakernet. Most recently, his work has focussed on the design of programming, compilation, and optimisation techniques for large-scale quantum technology.

2020      Simon J. Devitt                                         


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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