CAP Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Industrial and Applied Physics

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This medal is intended to recognize and promote the creativity of scientists working in Canada in the area of industrial and applied physics, and to particularly recognize the successful application of physical principles to the creation of practical innovations, as demonstrated (for example) by novel/commercializable products or processes, and/or patents.

The award is open to all scientists and engineers, whether in industry, research institutes, universities, government, or elsewhere. It is not intended to discourage the nomination of applied scientists for the other CAP Medals.

Formerly the Prize for Innovative Applied Physics of the Division of Industrial and Applied Physics (DIAP), the CAP Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Industrial and Applied Physics was awarded for the first time at the 1991 CAP Congress. It is awarded bi-annually by the CAP, on recommendation of the DIAP (now DAPI).

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Click below to go to the medal nomination system. Any questions regarding the nomination process should be sent to

The next medal will be awarded in 2025.


2023 Winner

Michel L. Trudeau | Hydro-Quebec

(Not awarded in 2024)

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Nomination Criteria                                       Nomination Procedure

  • The nominator must be a member of the CAP.
  • The nominee must be a member in good standing of the CAP or a Council-approved Canadian professional science society (see list below) in order to be nominated.
  • The nominee must have spent the major part (i.e. more than one-half) of their working career in Canada or must have made a major contribution to physics after returning to a permanent position in Canada.

Although the CAP’s nomination system currently has an English-only interface, nominations may be submitted in either English or French.  The CAP is committed to ensuring that applications submitted in either official language are treated equitably. Furthermore, the CAP commits to ensuring that those evaluating awards will have a thorough understanding of the impact of bias to take it into account while reviewing nominations.

Council-approved Canadian professional science society

The nominee must belong to one of the following societies to be eligible for the CAP Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Industrial and Applied Physics:

  • Canadian Association of Physicists
  • Canadian Astronomical Society
  • Canadian Biophysical Society
  • Canadian Geophysical Union
  • Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
  • Canadian Organization for Medical Physicists
  • Canadian Society for Chemistry