4 March, 2020

British Antarctic Survey is pleased to announce the Appleton Prize 2020 has been awarded to Professor Richard Horne, Head of the Space Weather and Atmosphere science team at British Antarctic Survey.

The Appleton Prize is awarded for “outstanding contributions to studies in ionospheric physics”.  It is awarded by the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) once every three years in memory of Professor Sir Edward V Appleton who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1947.

Professor Horne will be awarded the Appleton Prize with the following citation:

“For leadership and theories of changed particle dynamics in the Earth and planetary magnetospheres leading to practical space weather forecasting of their high energy particle environment.”

Professor Richard Horne, British Antarctic Survey

Professor Horne is leading ongoing research into modelling the acceleration, transport and loss of radiation belt electrons to protect satellites from space weather as Principle Investigator of the Rad-Sat project.

The medal will be formally presented during the Opening Ceremony of the URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium in Rome on 29 August 2020.