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2020 Gold Medal Posted by A.Clarke,  , 23/04/2020

2020 Gold Medal

Professor John Hinch FRS will be awarded the "BSR Gold Medal” in recognition of his outstanding fundamental contributions across an exceptionally broad range of topics in rheology, including polymer, emulsion, granular and suspension rheology and non-Newtonian fluid mechanics. He has also inspired a generation of those working in the field today.

Professor Hinch will give a lecture (Award Details, below) at a BSR conference but given the uncertainties introduced by the pandemic the presentation might need to be “virtual". The intention is for the lecture to take place at the BSR Mid-Winter Meeting, to be held in Swansea in January 2021.


The BSR Gold Medal is intended to recognise an outstanding and sustained contribution to rheology of a single individual. The previous recipient of the Gold Medal was Professor Gareth McKinley in 2014.


The nominated candidate must fulfil the following criteria:

1) The individual has made an outstanding and important scientific contribution to rheology that is recognised internationally and has withstood the test of time.

2) The individual has strongly influenced the positive development of rheology within the UK (e.g. has spent a significant period working on rheology in the UK, is a prominent British scientist working internationally, has made a strong contribution to the work of BSR.)

Award details

The recipient should give a Gold Medal Lecture at a BSR conference within one year of notification of winning the award where they winner will be presented with a Gold Medal along with expenses to attend the conference. The recipient should write a feature article for the BSR Bulletin and will receive Honorary Lifetime Membership of BSR.

Posted on behalf of

Andrew Howe,

BSR President