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Royal Society award for physicist

27 Feb 2013

A University of Manchester physicist has won a prestigious award from the UK’s national academy of science, the Royal Society.

Professor Stefan Söldner-Rembold, from the School of Physics and Astronomy, has been named one of just 24 new Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holders.

Jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the scheme aims to provide universities with additional support to enable them to attract science talent from overseas and retain respected UK scientists of outstanding achievement and potential.

Professor Söldner-Rembold, who is Professor of Particle Physics, will use the award to continue his studies of the origins of mass.

He said: “I feel honoured and excited about receiving the award which will support my research in Manchester. We try to understand the origin of the vastly different mass scales of fundamental particles – from the almost massless neutrinos to the top quark with a mass similar to a gold atom.”


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The Wolfson Foundation is a grant-making charity established in 1955. Funding is given to support excellence. More information is available from

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