Award Details
Award Offered: Yearly
Prize: Medal and prize money: $100,000

Rutherford MedalThe Rutherford Medal is the highest award instituted by the Royal Society of New Zealand at the request of the Government to recognise exceptional contributions to the advancement and promotion of public awareness, knowledge and understanding in addition to eminent research or technological practice by a person or group in any field of science, mathematics, social science, or technology. A group award shall only be made in very meritorious circumstances.

The Call for Nominations for the 2016 Rutherford Medal is now open.

Nominations close on 30 June 2016.

If you wish to make a nomination can you please advise the Academy ( as soon as possible and we will send you a URL to access the web portal.

If you have any queries about making a nomination for this medal please email:

Only one Rutherford Medal will be awarded each year.

Science and Technology” is taken to cover the fields of knowledge broadly known by the term “scientific culture”. It includes the applied, biological, earth, engineering, information, mathematical, medical, physical, social, and technological sciences. It also includes activities in the promotion and encouragement of science and technology, in improving public awareness, knowledge and understanding of science and technology, in science and technology education and in the management of scientific and technological societies and institutions.