Mansfield’s Professorial Fellow in Physics Stephen Blundell has been awarded The Yamazaki Prize, which recognises a scientist for their outstanding work in muon spectroscopy with a long-term impact on its scientific and/or technical applications.

Professor Stephen Blundell has been a Fellow at Mansfield since 1997. He has been using muons to study the behaviour of advanced materials for over 25 years, publishing over 380 research papers. His research has focused on materials with interesting magnetic, superconducting or dynamical properties. He also teaches both undergraduate and graduate students: in 2017 he won Oxford University Student Union’s Most Acclaimed Lecturer Award for Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences.

Upon receiving the Yamazaki Prize, Professor Blundell commented: ‘I am delighted and honoured to receive this prize. It is wonderful to receive this recognition from my peers and gives me the opportunity to gratefully acknowledge the tremendous work of my wonderful students and postdocs, past and present, as well as the fantastic colleagues in Oxford and elsewhere that I have had the privilege to work with. Muon spectroscopy has become a world-leading tool for revealing new information about magnets and superconductors, revealing the intricate details of the microscopic magnetic fields that abide in materials, advancing our knowledge of emergent states of matter.’