Bragg and Mathieson Medals

SCANZ has established two prestigious medals to be awarded at Crystal meetings. The Lawrence Bragg Medal is awarded for distinguished contributions to science involving X-ray, neutron or electron diffraction and/or imaging, while the Sandy Mathieson Medal is awarded for distinguished contributions to science involving X-ray, neutron or electron diffraction and/or imaging by a researcher under 40 years of age. Details of the awards are given below


Crystal 29 Awardees

Bragg Medal: Emeritus Professor Syd Hall, The University of Western Australia

Sydney Hall has many contributions to the field of crystallography, particularly to small molecule crystallography. One of the biggest contributions on that field was the introduction of the STAR format for chemical crystallography data that became the basis of the CIF format now used by IUCr as a standard.

Mathieson Medal: Dr Marc Kvansakul, La Trobe University

Marc Kvansakul has contributed to the field of protein crystallography with studies of viral proteins involved in interfering with programmed cell death in humans, and with studies of plant defensins.

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SCANZ President Bostjan Kobe awards the Lawrence Bragg Medal to Syd Hall, and the Sandy Mathieson Medal to Marc Kvansakul


Crystal 28 Awardees

Bragg Medal: Professor Peter Colman, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
Mathieson Medal: Dr Darren Goosens, The Australian National University


The Lawrence Bragg Medal 

For distinguished contributions to science involving X-ray, neutron or electron diffraction and/or imaging.

1. The Medal shall be awarded to a financial member of the Society who, in the opinion of the SCANZ executive or duly appointed representatives, has contributed most towards the development of a branch of science associated with X-ray, neutron or electron diffraction and/or imaging.

2. The award is based on consideration of the candidate’s published scientific work, together with other evidence of his or her standing in the international community. A major portion of the relevant scientific work must have been carried out in Australia and/or New Zealand while the candidate was a member of the Society.

3. The medal shall be awarded to coincide with SCANZ conferences, and the successful candidate will be required to deliver a lecture at the appropriate conference.

4. The award will consist of a medallion, free registration at the SCANZ conference at which they will receive the award, a return economy airfare from the awardee’s home city and $750 towards accommodation expenses (if the awardee is not a resident of the city in which the meeting is held). This will be provided by SCANZ in conjunction with the conference organisers.

5. The nominee must have been a member of SCANZ for the previous 10 years.

The Sandy Mathieson Medal 

For distinguished contributions to science involving X-ray, neutron or electron diffraction and/or imaging by a researcher under 40 years of age.

1. The Medal shall be awarded to a financial member of the Society who, in the opinion of the SCANZ executive or duly appointed representatives, has contributed most towards the development of a branch of science associated with X-ray, neutron or electron diffraction and/or imaging. This person shall be under the age of 40 at the time of close of applications, except in the case of significant interruptions to their research careers.

2. The award is based on consideration of the candidate’s published scientific work, together with other evidence of his or her standing in the international community. A major portion of the relevant scientific work must have been carried out while the candidate was a member of the Society. Due consideration will be given to nominees with interrupted careers.

3. The medal shall be awarded to coincide with SCANZ conferences, and the successful candidate will be required to deliver a lecture at the appropriate conference.

4. The award will consist of a medallion, free registration at the SCANZ conference at which they will receive the award, a return economy airfare from the awardee’s home city and $750 towards accommodation expenses (if the awardee is not a resident of the city in which the meeting is held). This will be provided by SCANZ in conjunction with the conference organisers.

5. The nominee must have been a member of SCANZ for the previous 5 years.