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J and E Hall Gold Medal

Nominations for 2017 will open in September 2017

This internationally respected award recognises the most noteworthy practical contribution to the field of refrigeration. The award, which has been sponsored by J&E Hall International consistently for 40 years with a prize award of £5,000, is open to individuals or teams with recent outstanding achievements in one or more of the following areas:

  • Practical applications of innovative designs
  • Projects which have made an original contribution to the field
  • Systems which demonstrate substantial potential and evidence that they will be completed successfully
  • Outstanding and significant work in a new or unusual area 

The 2016 award was made to Tom Watson of Daikin Applied. Tom has been responsible for new product development for centrifugal compressor technology, and before his recent retirement, was primarily involved in technical areas related to refrigerant applications, aerodynamics, bearing design and motor applications.

Tom was awarded the J&E Gold Medal in recognition of his work which has resulted in significant improvements in the efficiency of chillers and industrial heat pumps. This has included the introduction of large capacity oil-free compressors and the safe application of low GWP flammable refrigerants. Tom will be returning to the UK later this year to give a paper detailing his award winning work. 


Previous Award Winners

2015 - IAN TANSLEY, Chief Technical Officer of  SureChill Company Limited. Ian is a leading figure in the renewable energy industry where he is addressing the issue of providing reliable cooling with an intermittent or erratic power supply.  His vaccine refrigerator operates without the need for a constant power source and avoids the use of costly and unreliable solar rechargable batteries using water based cooling technology. The World Health Organisation has approved medical refrigerators using this technologyand it is already having a major impact on child health worldwide, helping to save lives in some of the most difficult environments on earth.  

2014 - REINARD RADERMACHER whose work has pushed the research frontiers by exploring new technologies and developing them for real life applications. He is a world authority on energy efficiency and environmentally sustainable thermal systems research. The simulation packages developed under his direction are used by more than 60 organisations worldwide and have helped to enable researchers, policy makers and designers to analyse life cycle estimate of natural and low GWP refrigerants.

2013 - RUZHU WANG received the award for his work in research and application of heat pumps using low grade heat sources. The award was given in recognition that his work provided the widest range of practical innovations for heating and cooling for both buildings and other applications. It provides a method of using solar heating to drive adsorption - thus propelling the feasibility of solar powered cooling for the future.

2012 - ROBERT HADFIELD for his work in the advancement of the practical application of infrared single-photon detector technology in closed-cycle refrigerator systems, eliminating the need for liquid cryogens, and for the work to commercialise this technology for use in the National Physical Laboratory and in commercial companies in medical diagnostics. This is a unique development that will support the advancement of physics and medical science in a vast range of applications and is an example of refrigeration technology advancements supporting the development of other practical sciences

2011 - PEGA HRNJAK for his work on the practical application of innovation as the Director of their Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Centre at the University of Illinois and a private commercial research facility which focuses on thermal systems ranging from nano-technology to large industrial equipment. 

2010 -DONALD CLELAND for his achievements in For his achievements in technology transfer related to food refrigeration and efficiency research. Examples of his original contributions include predicting the effect of shape on rates of food heating and cooling; determining moisture sorption characteristics of food packaging, measuring air infiltration into refrigerated spaces and quantifying latent heat loads in refrigerated facilities. Recently his work has expanded to cover fluorocarbon replacement by hydrocarbons in farm milk cooling vats and the development of industrial heat pumps using carbon dioxide.

2009 – JURGEN SEUSS for his achievements in carbon dioxide compressor development and application in light commercial refrigeration. This includes the development of the TN Compressor which has a matching control device – a technology which has achieved significant practical application in bottle coolers, vending machines, display ccases and high efficiency domestic hot water heat pumps.

2008 - RON CONRY designed from scratch a compressor that would meet all of the industries needs for the future - high efficiency, operating at high speed, oil free, light weight, quiet, without vibration, and fully integrated and cost competitive.   To date over 10,000 Turbocor compressors are now in operation worldwide and he continues to develop this technology to achieve even further efficiencies and new models.  The Judges made this award to Ron Conry of Turbocor for his achievement in seeing this vision through to realisation of the Turbocor compressor.

2007 - PROF JOHN THOME of the Laboratory of Heat and Mass Transfer, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland.The 2008 award went to an individual who has carried out wide ranging work on two-phase flow and heat transfer of refrigerants as well as original work on the development of micro evaporation cooling systems, which have practical applications in low

2006 - Dr ANDY PEARSON of Star Refrigeration for his work on the practical development of safe and relatively uncomplicated application of carbon dioxide to both commercial and industrial systems, enhanced through detailed examination of supercritical heat transfer behaviour, plate heat exchanger design, system component application and system design specific to carbon dioxide.

2005 - PROF IAN EAMES for his work on  for his work on the application of jet pump cycle technology to substantially improve the performance of standard absorption refrigeration methods leading to enhanced COPs and reduced system costs and resulting in commercial manufacturing acceptance

2004 - PROF CLARK BULLARD As a Professor at the University of Illinois, USA, Dr Bullard has carried out wide ranging, original work using simulation models to develop improved systems for refrigeration and air conditioning, influencing the design of heat exchangers, evaporators, condensers, accumulators and compressors. 

2003 - DR RAKESH AGRAWAL Dr Agrawal has carried out outstanding work in the field of cryogenic air separation technology for gas liquefaction systems.  He is the holder or co-holder of 116 US Patents, (102 of them in Cryogenics) and over 300 foreign patents.  He has made truly extraordinary contributions to the development of gas liquefaction and cryogenic separation technologies.

2002 - PROF ALBERTO CAVALLINI Throughout his career, the research of Dr Cavellini has always been broad, ranging over several topics related to heat transfer, refrigerants and AC&R equipment, engineering thermodynamics and applied acoustics.  However his work on condensation heat transfer and pressure drop with refrigerants has been his core research activity.


Award rules and how to nominate

1. The J&E Hall Gold Medal was initiated by Hall-Thermotank Ltd in 1977 as the Hall-Thermotank Gold Medal to mark the centenary of the company's involvement (originally as J&E Hall Ltd) in the field of refrigeration in 1877.

2. The Institute of Refrigeration will award the Gold Medal annually to the person considered to have made the most noteworthy contribution to the advancement of refrigeration and related technologies.

3. The Institute shall have the authority to withhold the award in any year if it considers that none of the nominations is of a sufficiently high standard.

4. The winner of the award each year will be presented by the sponsor with:

  • the J&E Hall Gold Medal to hold for one year
  • a solid silver replica of the Gold Medal engraved with his or her name to keep
  • a sum of £5,000

5. The award will be international and nominations will be accepted from all parts of the world.

6. Nominations may be made by any organisation or individual, with the permission of the nominee. Individuals may nominate themselves but such nominations must be authenticated by another responsible person with sufficient knowledge to do so. Nominations for work carried out by more than one person will be accepted but no more than two people will receive the award each year.

7. Each nomination must be supported by evidence of the contribution or achievement on which the nomination is based. This should take the form of a statement, in English, not exceeding 1,000 words with such supporting documentation and illustrations as may be necessary. The volume of evidence should be kept to the minimum necessary. The panel shall be empowered to call for additional evidence if they so wish.

8. All nominations received by the due date will be considered by a Panel chaired by the President of the Institute of Refrigeration, or his appointee and comprising four other members chosen annually by the Institute.

9. The Panel shall be empowered to call on specialist advice if it so wishes.

10. In considering the nominations, the Panel will pay special regard to the practical nature of the contribution on which the nomination is based and to its originality. Work of a theoretical nature may be accepted provided its practical viability can be clearly demonstrated.

11. The contribution cited in the nomination need not necessarily have been made within the preceding year. Work carried out over an extended period will be admissible but there should be some evidence to indicate that it has reached its culmination, or that its significance has become apparent relatively recently.

12. The Panel will bear in mind that the purpose of the award is to encourage progress rather than to acknowledge past achievement.

13. The Gold Medal will not be awarded to the same person for two years in succession.

14. The winner will normally be expected to attend a presentation ceremony in London. He or she may be asked as a condition of acceptance to present a paper to the Institute of Refrigeration.

15. The decision of the Panel on any matter will be final.

16. Nominations should be addressed to The Secretary, at the Institute of Refrigeration.

17. Nominations must reach the Secretary of the Institute not later than the date specified on the nomination form each year. An announcement of the award will be made on the occasion of the Institute's Annual Dinner.