AWE William Penney Fellow wins international honour

Professor Peter Norreys, of Oxford University and an AWE William Penney Fellow, has been awarded the American Nuclear Society’s Edward Teller Medal, in recognition of his pioneering research and leadership in the use of laser and ion-particle beams to produce unique high-temperature and high-density matter.

Professor Norreys is part of OxCHEDS (the Oxford Centre for High Energy Density Science) which brings together research groups from Oxford’s Atomic and Laser Physics subdepartment, national partners, including AWE, and international researchers.

AWE’s Colin Danson, founding member and Co-Director of OxCHEDS, said:”I am delighted that Professor Norreys is to be recognized in this way. He has an extraordinary record in high-energy density plasma physics and the Edward Teller Medal is a fitting acknowledgement, not only of his work to date but his ongoing contribution to the field and his academic leadership.”  

The Edward Teller Medal is awarded every two years. Professor Norreys will receive the award during the American Nuclear Society’s International Conference on Inertial Fusion Sciences and Applications (IFSA) in Denver, Colorado, later this month.


William Penney Fellowships are named after Sir William Penney, Director of the former Atomic Weapons Research Establishment (AWRE). William Penney Fellows are key academics, typically leading research at centres of technical excellence or in similar roles.


OxCHEDS researchers study the behaviour of matter at the kinds of extraordinary temperatures and pressures usually encountered only in planetary or stellar interiors. With the aid of high-power lasers, they are able to generate exceptionally hot and dense matter in the laboratory.