C9: Awards

C9: Awards

IUPAP Magnetism Award and Néel Medal

Established in 1991, the IUPAP Magnetism Award is made in recognition of outstanding contributions to fundamental and applied magnetism. It is presented every three years at the International Conference on Magnetism (ICM). The Néel Medal is awarded together with the Magnetism Award, since 2003, sponsored by CNRS and Institut Néel. A monetary award for the winner(s) is generously sponsored by Elsevier.  

2018 Winners Announced!

2015, Barcelona, Spain

Chia-Ling Chien
The Johns Hopkins University, USA
For pioneering discoveries in magnetic materials and nanostructures.

2012, Busan, Korea

Sadamichi Maekawa
Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Japan

For contributions to the development of the physics and application of spintronics for thirty years, since his seminal work on tunneling magnetoresistance in 1982. He has recently proposed the spin-motive force, which is the conversion mechanism of magnetic and electric energy, and presented the linear-response theory of spin Seebeck effect.

Presently: RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science, Japan

 Yoshinori Tokura
The University of Tokyo, Japan

For discoveries of novel magnetoelectronic properties in strongly correlated electronic systems, including the discovery of electron doped high temperature superconductors, studies of Mott criticality, orbital physics, and colossal magnetoresistance, experimental discoveries of gigantic magnetoelectric effects in multiferroics.

RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science and the University of Tokyo, Japan

2009, Karlsruhe, Germany

Stuart S. P. Parkin

IBM Almaden Research Center, USA

For his pioneering work and fundamental contributions to the development of spintronic nano-materials and nano-devices for magnetic sensing, memory and logic devices.

Presently: Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Germany

2006, Kyoto, Japan

John C. Slonczewski

 IBM Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York, USA

For fundamental theories concerning domain wall dynamics, exchange and electron transport in magnetic thin-films and multilayers, advancing ideas for storage, memory and oscillators. His predictions include bilinear and biquadratic coupling, magnetoresistance and spin transfer torque, leading to magnetic switching and to the generation of spin waves and microwaves. 

2003, Rome, Italy

 Gabriel Aeppli

University College London, UK

Presently: ETH Zürich, EPF Lausanne and Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland

 David D. Awschalom

 University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Presently: Institute for Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago

Hideo Ohno

Tohoku University, Japan

For their outstanding achievements in magnetism of quantum electron systems. Aeppli has pioneered the study of magnetic correlations by neutron scattering, demonstrating the ubiquity of antiferromagnetic correlations in paramagnets and superconductors; Awschalom has done ground-breaking work with femtosecond optical methods to reveal both spatial and temporal aspects of spin dynamics; Ohno has developed new types of ferromagnetic semiconductors which have facilitated some key aspects of spin electronics.

2000, Recife, Brazil

Frank Steglich

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden, Germany

For his outstanding contributions to the experimental study of strongly correlated electron systems and in particular to heavy fermion physics. His careful and detailed experiments have elucidated the magnetic and superconducting properties of heavy fermions and correlated these with non-Fermi liquid behaviour near the quantum critical point.

1997, Cairns, Australia

Robert J. Birgeneau

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

For achievements in the field of magnetism, and in particular for the identification of model magnetic systems and the experimental elucidation of their behavior using neutron scattering techniques.

Presently: University of California, Berkeley, USA

1994, Warsaw, Poland

Albert Fert*

Université Paris-Sud, Orsay, France

Presently: Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS-Thales, Palaiseau, France

Peter Grünberg*

Institut für Festkörperforschung, Jülich, Germany

For their outstanding scientific contributions and for their pioneering work in the field of magnetic coupling and magnetoresistance in artificial multilayered structures.

*2007 Physics Nobel Laureates

1991, Edingburgh, United Kingdom

Arthur J. Freeman

 Northwestern University, USA

For the pioneer research which he has been conducting with particular intensity in the past five years in a very “hot” innovative field – that of surface magnetism, interfaces, monolayers, ultrathin films, sandwiches and modulated structures.



IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in the field of Magnetism

The IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in the field of Magnetism is awarded for theoretical or experimental work in fields of fundamental or applied magnetism. First established in 2006, this prize was initially awarded every three years at the International Conference on Magnetism (ICM). Since 2016, this prize has been converted to an annual award. The prize comes with a monetary award from IUPAP.

2018 Winner Announced!


 Luqiao Liu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

For the pioneering demonstrations of the spin Hall effect excitation of ferromagnetic resonance, and of the surprisingly large spin Hall angles of particular heavy metals as determined by spin-torque ferromagnetic resonance, for seminal experiments and analysis of magnetic switching and auto-oscillation driven by that spin Hall effect, and for continuing research advancing the understanding and applicability of spin-orbit torques.


 Wei Han

Peking University, China

For significant contributions to spin injection, spin transport and spin relaxation in graphene, and to the discovery of interface transparency and triangular antiferomagnetic IrMn3 for spin orbit torque in magnetic heterostructures.

 2015, Barcelona, Spain

 Marius V. Costache

 Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Spain

For the development of new methods to excite and detect on-chip ferromagnetic resonance and new detection schemes for the magnon-drag effect.

 Masamitsu Hayashi

 National Institute for Materials Science, Japan

For the pioneering work on domain wall dynamics in magnetic nanowires and contributions to the development of current controlled magnetism in magnetic heterostructures using spin orbit effects.

 Presently: The University of Tokyo, Japan

2012, Busan, Korea

Suchitra Sebastian

 Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK

For her leading role in the following discoveries in the field of magnetism and superconductivity: novel phenomena in frustrated quantum magnets, unconventional quantum phase transitions in heavy fermion and copper oxide superconductors, superconductivity under pressure in iron arsenide antiferromagnets, and new quantum oscillatory effects in copper oxide superconductors.

2009, Karlsruhe, Germany

Sergio O. Valenzuela

Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) and Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Spain

For significant contributions to nonlocal spin-detection methods, including the first electronic detection of the spin Hall effect and of pure spin currents.

Eiji Saitoh

 Keio University, Japan

For the fabrication of highly original nanostructures and for the discovery of important spin transport phenomena, including the spin-Seebeck effect and the inverse spin-Hall effect.

Presently: Tohoku University, Japan

 Takashi Kimura

 INAMORI Frontier Research Center, Kyushu University, Japan

For the study of spin transport in lateral metallic spin valves, and the observation of the pure spin-current induced magnetization reversal and the reversible spin Hall effect.

2006, Kyoto, Japan

 Siddharth Shanker Saxena

Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK

For his pioneering discovery that the boundary of ferromagnetism in metals hosts a low-temperature superconducting phase, as exemplified by UGe2, where ferromagnetism and superconductivity coexist over a range of pressures, and for other stimulating contributions at the interface of magnetism and superconductivity.

Satoshi Okamoto

 Columbia University, USA

In recognition of his fundamental theoretical work establishing the properties of orbiton excitations in magnetic materials, and the physical ideas for determining the electronic properties of oxide heterostructure interfaces.

Presently: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA


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