The Dan Walls medal is awarded by the New Zealand Institute of Physics to the physicist working in New Zealand for at least the past ten years who is deemed to have made the greatest impact, both nationally and internationally, in his/her field of research.
This year the prize is awarded to Industrial Research Ltd Distinguished Scientist Professor Jeffery Tallon. Professor Tallon received his PhD from Victoria University of Wellington, and has since made many important discoveries, particularly in the field of high temperature superconductors. His fundamental insights have greatly deepened our understanding of these remarkable materials, and have also been instrumental in the formation of a high-tech HTS industry in New Zealand.
Professor Tallon is an outstanding physicist, who enjoys tremendous respect on the world stage, and he is a fully deserving recipient of the Dan Walls medal.