Shrewsbury School

Salopian in the top 50 of the British Physics Olympiad

Monday 13 January 2014

The British Physics Olympiad is designed to stretch and challenge the top young physicists in the country in a national competition, which this year had 1,900 entrants. We were delighted to receive the news that Arthur Kung (R UVI) who has not only been awarded a Gold medal but has also qualified for the next round of the competition, having come in the top 50.

The last Salopian to achieve this was David Kell (SH 2005-10), who went on to represent the UK in the International Physics Olympiad in Zagreb, Croatia in 2010.

Last year Arthur was one of the top five students in the country in the AS Physics Challenge set by the British Physics Olympiad organisers. He was invited to the Royal Society to receive his prize, where he had the honour of meeting Astronomer Royal and Old Salopian Lord Rees (S 1956-60), who is also President of the British Physics Olympiad Organisation. Arthur has recently been offered a conditional place at Emmanuel College, Cambridge to study Maths with Physics.

Ilya Lapan (I UVI), who has been offered a conditional place at Merton College, Oxford to study Physics, was awarded a Silver medal in the British Physics Olympiad. Bronze I medals were awarded to Christopher Papaioannou (PH) and Clive Lam (O) and a Bronze II medal was awarded to Derek Law (O). A further seven pupils were given commendations.

Below l to r: Ilya Lapan, Clive Lam, Christopher Papaioannou, Derek Law, Arthur Kung

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