The Warren Prize (Lecture & Medal)

The Warren Prize consists of a medal and a monetary award of $500. The aim of the award is to recognize research of national or international significance by engineers and technologists in their early to mid careers.

Early-career researchers will have established a publication record in top-tier journals around a particular topic and wish to make a broader audience aware of the importance of their work. Correspondingly, mid-career researchers will have completed a larger body of work that they believe has relevance to society generally and wish to publicise their work as part of an on-going research and teaching program. In each case, the research must have originated or have been carried out principally in New South Wales. Entries may be submitted by researchers from any public or private organisation that encourages original research and development.

Entries are by submission of an original paper written in alignment with academic standards by 30 September (in each year in which the Prize is to be awarded) to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of the Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales. Entrants are referred to the information for authors available on the Society’s website.

The paper should review the applicant’s research and identify its national or international significance. Preference will be given to entries that demonstrate relevance across the spectrum of knowledge — science, art, literature, and philosophy — that the Society promotes. An interview may be required. The paper may refer to previously published research but must not violate copyright of previous publications.

The winning paper and a selection of other entries submitted will be peer-reviewed and are expected to be published in the Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales.  Depending on the number of acceptable entries, there may be a special edition of the Journal and Proceedings that would be intended to showcase research by early- and mid-career Australian researchers.

A judging panel appointed by the Royal Society of NSW will determine the winners.

The Prize will be presented at the Society's Annual Dinner.

The Warren Prize has been established by the Royal Society of NSW to acknowledge Professor Warren's contribution both to the Society and to the technological disciplines in Australia and internationally. William Henry Warren established the first faculty of engineering in New South Wales and was appointed as its Professor at the University of Sydney in 1884.  Professor Warren was President of the Royal Society of New South Wales on two occasions.  He had a long career of more than 40 years and during this time was considered to be the most eminent engineer in Australia.  When the Institution of Engineers, Australia was established in 1919, Professor Warren was elected as its first President.  He established an internationally respected reputation for the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney and published extensively, with many of his papers being published in the Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales.

Warren Prize 2020

Dr Simon Devitt The Warren Prize of the Royal Society of NSW has been awarded to Dr Simon Devitt of the Centre for Quantum Software and Information at the University of Technology Sydney. The judges were impressed with Dr Devitt’s portfolio of achievements, including his publication in top-tier journals, and his activity in commercialising ideas in the realm of quantum computing through start-up companies. Dr Devitt, who completed his PhD in 2007 at the University of Melbourne, has held positions at the National Institute of Informatics, Ochanomizu University, Keio University and Riken in Japan, and has worked as research fellow for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) at Macquarie University. He has developed key quantum computing architectures in atom-optics, diamond and ion trap systems, and invented quantum communications designs, second and third generation repeaters and the quantum sneakernet. Most recently, his work has focussed on the design of programming, compilation, and optimisation techniques for large-scale quantum technology.

2020      Simon J. Devitt                                         


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, Pollock Memorial LectureWarren Prize, Archibald Ollé 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.    

Information about the Awards and instructions for making nominations, click on the Award name in the drop-down list under the “Awards” menu.

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