Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal


The call for nominations is currently closed

Nominations for the 2025 round are now closed. Nominations for the 2027 round will open in February 2026.

Award background and eligibility

The Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal is a career award that commemorates the contribution of Sir Thomas Ranken Lyle, FRS, to Australian science and industry generally and in particular to his own fields of physics and mathematics. The purpose of the medal is to recognise outstanding achievement by a scientist in Australia for research in mathematics or physics.

Research carried out in countries other than Australia may be taken into consideration if the researcher has spent three of the last five years in Australia. Work carried out during the whole of the candidate's career may be taken into consideration but special weight will be given to recent work. The award is normally made every two years.

This award is open to nominations for candidates from all genders. The Australian Academy of Science encourages nominations of female candidates and of candidates from a broad geographical distribution.

Career awards recognise achievement over a career of whatever length.

Candidates may be put forward for more than one award. If a proposed candidate is already the recipient of an Academy award, the second award must be for a distinct, additional, body of work undertaken since the first award, and/or work in a different field.


Please submit your nominations using the Nominate button found on the left of this webpage.

Please note: From February 2024, the Academy is using a new nomination platform that is external to the main Academy site. Nominators will be required to create an account on the platform. Even if you are familiar with the nomination process, please allow extra time to familiarise yourself with the new platform.


Awarded by the ANRC

  • 1953—J.L. Pawsey
  • 1951—T.M. Cherry
  • 1949—K.E. Bullen
  • 1947—J.C. Jaeger; D.F. Martyn
  • 1941—G.H. Briggs; T.G . Room
  • 1935—J.R. Wilton

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