The 2004 Simon Prize of The Low Temperature Group of the Institute of Physics, London, UK, was given to Grigory Volovik for his pioneering research on the effects of symmetry in superfluids and superconductors and the extension of these ideas to quantum field theory, cosmology, quantum gravity and particle physics.
The Prize was awarded at the Simon Memorial Prize Conference in London on 22 September 2004.

Riitta Hari was elected to the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, on April 20, 2004, for her pioneering use of the magnetoenchephalography (MEG), to record the spatiotemporal pattern of brain activity of humans doing realistic cognitive tasks. She is presently the only foreign associate of the Academy working in Finland.