Archibald Ollé Prize

The Archibald Ollé Prize of $500 is is awarded from time to time at the discretion of Council to the author who has submitted and had accepted the best single-author paper to the Society’s Journal. The prize was established under the terms of a bequest of Mrs A. D. Ollé.

The Prize is awarded by Council on the recommendation of the Journal Editor, assisted by a sub-committee of the Editorial Board. Publication in the Journal will be taken as a nomination for the Prize.

The sole criterion for this award is how well does the paper succeed in promoting the image and purposes of the Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales.

Archibald Ollé Prize 2020

The 2020 Archibald Ollé Prize has been awarded to the late Dr Ann Moyal AM FRSN for the paper “P.A.M. Dirac and the Maverick Mathematician,” Journal & Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. 150, part 2, 2017, pp. 188–194. The paper’s abstract: “Historian of science Ann Moyal recounts the story of a singular correspondence between the great British physicist, P. A. M. Dirac, at Cambridge, and J. E. Moyal, then a scientist from outside academia working at the de Havilland Aircraft Company in Britain (later an academic in Australia), on the question of a statistical basis for quantum mechanics. A David and Goliath saga, it marks a paradigmatic study in the history of quantum physics.“

List of Past Recipients of the Archibald Ollé Prize

YearRecipientAwarded Paper
1956 R L Stanton R L Stanton. The occurrence and genesis of pyrrhotite and chalcopyrite in sediments near Rockley, New South Wales. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 89: 73-77, 1955.
R L Stanton. The Palæozoic rocks of the Wiseman's Creek-Burraga area, N.S.W. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 89: 131-145, 1955.
1958 A Reichel Alex Reichel. Boundary stresses in an infinite hub of special shape. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 91: 109-127, 1957.
1959 G Bosson Geoffrey Bosson. Flexure of a slab on an elastic foundation. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 92: 36-42, 1958.
1960 H G Golding H G Golding. Variation in physical constitution of quarried sandstones from Gosford and Sydney, N.S.W. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 93: 47-60, 1959-60.
1961 V A Bailey Victor Albert Bailey. Net electric charges on stars, galaxies and "neutral" elementary particles. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 94: 77-86, 1960.
1962 J C Standard J C Standard. A new study of the Hawkesbury sandstone: preliminary findings. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 95: 145-146, 1961.
1964 J L Griffith James L Griffith. On Mellin transforms of functions analytic in the neighbourhood of the origin. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 96: 153-160, 1963.
1965 J Roberts John Roberts. A Lower Carboniferous fauna from Lewinsbrook, New South Wales. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 97: 1-31, 1963.
John Roberts. Lower Carboniferous faunas from Wiragulla and Dungog, New South Wales. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 97: 193-215, 1964.
1966 R A Binns R A Binns. Granitic intrusions and regional metamorphic rocks of Permian age from the Wongwibinda district, north-eastern New South Wales. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 99: 5-36, 1966.
1967 J R Connolly John R Connolly. Petrology and origin of the Cocoparra Group, Upper Devonian, New South Wales. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 100: 129-149, 1966.
1970 B B Guy Brian B Guy. Progressive and retrogressive metamorphism in the Tumbarumba-Geehi district, N.S.W. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 101: 183-196, 1968.
Brian B Guy. Granitic developments and emplacement in the Tumbarumba-Geehi district, N.S.W. (I) The foliated granites. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 102: 11-20, 1969.
Brian B Guy. Granitic development and emplacement in the Tumbarumba-Geehi district, N.S.W. (II) The massive granites. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 102: 149-156, 1969.
1974 D R Gray D R Gray. Sedimentology of Permian rocks near Ravensworth, northern Sydney Basin, N.S.W. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 107: 17-30, 1974.
1977 L A Drake Lawrence Drake. Seismic risk in Australia. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 109: 115-121, 1976.
1978 D S King D S King. Proper motions in the region of NGC 3532. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 111: 1-12, 1978.
D S King. Proper motions in the region of the galactic cluster NGC 2516. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 111: 61-64, 1978.
1979 R J Korsch Russell J Korsch. The use of amplitude and wavelength to compare successive folded surfaces. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 112: 25-30, 1979.
1981 H A Martin Helene A. Martin. An Early Cretaceous age for subsurface Pilliga sandstone in the Spring Ridge district, Mooki Valley, New South Wales. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 114: 29-31, 1981.
Helene A. Martin. Stratigraphic palynology of the Castlereagh River valley, New South Wales. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 114: 77-84, 1981.
1983 D S King & N R Lomb David S King & Nicholas R Lomb. Sydney Southern Star Catalogue. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 116: 53-70, 1983.
1984 R A L Osborne R A L Osborne. Multiple karstification in the Lachlan fold belt in New South Wales: reconnaissance evidence. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 117: 15-34, 1984.
1984 T J Goodwin, R S Vagg & P A Williams Terence J Goodwin, Robert S Vagg, and Peter A Williams. Chiral metal complexes. 15∗. Alanine and proline complexes of [N,N′-di(2-picolyl)-1R, 2R-diaminocyclohexane] cobalt (III). Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 117: 1-6, 1984.
1987 S J Riley & H M Henry S J Riley & H M Henry. A geophysical survey of Culoul and Mellong Creek valley fills: implications for valley development in sandstone terrain. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 120: 101-115, 1987.
1994 M Organ Michael K Organ. Bibliography of the Reverend W. B. Clarke (1798 - 1878), "Father of Australian Geology." Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 127: 85-134, 1994.
1997 G Neef G Neef. Stratigraphy and structure of an outboard part of the forearc of the Hikurangi Margin, North Wairarapa, New Zealand. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 130: 1-24, 1997.
2020 A Moyal Ann Moyal. P A M Dirac and the maverick mathematician. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 150: 188-194, 2017.

 

 

Nominations

These prestigious awards for excellence in science, engineering, philosophy and the arts, awarded by Australia's oldest learned society, recognise outstanding achievements.  

In 2021, nominations will be sought for the:
James Cook MedalClarke Medal and Memorial Lecture, Edgeworth David Medal, History and Philosophy of Science Medal, Poggendorff LectureshipPollock Memorial LectureWarren Prize, and the Royal Society of NSW Scholarships

Also, nominations will be sought for the Royal Society of NSW Medal and the Royal Society of NSW Citations, each of which recognise substantive contributions by a Member or Fellow to the work of the Society.

Nominations for the 2021 Awards open on 1 July 2021 and close on 30 September 2021. 

For 2021, each application must be accompanied by a completed nomination form (available from 1 July 2021) and supply the specified information.    Nominations should be sent to this email address.

Information about the Awards, instructions for making nominations, and links to the nomination forms can be obtained by clicking on the Award name in the drop-down list under the “Awards” menu.

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