J&E Hall Gold Medal awarded for practical contribution to the development of RAC technology
View details of the nomination procedure and past winners
This internationally respected award recognises the most noteworthy practical contribution to the science of refrigeration. It can be given to an individual or team with recent outstanding achievements in one or more of the following areas:
- Practical applications of innovative designs
- Projects which have made an original contribution to the field
- Systems which demonstrate substantial potential and evidence that they will be completed successfully
- Outstanding and significant work in a new or unusual area
The 2012 award was won by Dr Robert Hadfield of the University of Glasgow.
Dr Hadfield recieved the award for his work in the advancement of the practical application of infrared single-photon detector technology in closed-cycle refrigerator systems, eliminating the need for liquid cryogens, and for the work to commercialise this technology for use in the National Physical Laboratory and in commercial companies in medical diagnostics.
This is a unique development that will support the advancement of physics and medical science in a vast range of applications and is an example of refrigeration technology advancements supporting the development of other practical sciences.
Dr Hadfield will be presenting a paper about the research during the IOR 2013-2014 evening paper sessions.
A special mention of thanks to J&E Hall International who have supported this award consistently for 35 years. Robert received a Gold Medal to keep for one year, an engraved silver replica and a prize of £5,000.