IIC Fellow wins 2007 Plowden Medal

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Monday, 4 June, 2007 - 23:00

Dr Vincent Daniels, a fellow of IIC, has been awarded the UK Royal Warrant Holders Association's 2007 Plowden Medal. According to the official citation, he has been awarded the medal "for his long and exceptional contribution to the development of understanding in conservation, the excellence of his dedicated research and his ready engagement with the practitioners of the conservation profession".

The Gold Medal, inaugurated in 1999, is awarded by the Royal Warrant Holders Association in memory of the late Hon. Anna Plowden CBE, the leading conservator who was Vice-President of the Association at the time of her death in 1997. The Medal is presented annually to the individual who has made the most significant recent contribution to the advancement of the conservation profession. It can also be awarded to recognise a lifetime of commitment and achievement.

Dr Daniels' award recognises his innovative research and the way in which he has brought scientific research from many disciplines to the solution of problems faced by conservators in preserving the heritage. He has  the  distinction  of  having had more papers published in the IIC journal Studies in Conservation than any other UK conservation scientist!

Much of his work was undertaken as a member of the British Museum's staff, including the introduction of plasma reactions to conservation and his rediscovery and application of the Russell effect (an image produced on photographic plates by oxidising material).

John Shepherd, President of the Royal Warrant Holders Association comments, ‘Vincent Daniels is undoubtedly a great asset to the conservation profession. He richly deserves to be awarded the Plowden Medal as a fitting recognition of more than 30 year service to conservation science."