Every year, the Royal Society awards a selection of prestigious medals and prizes recognizing the work of scientists across the world. Here are this year’s winners:
The Copley Medal, the Society’s oldest and most prestigious prize is awarded to John Goodenough ForMemRS. His work in material science led to the rechargeable lithium battery https://bit.ly/2JKq2Em
James Hough FRS is awarded the Bakerian Medal for his research which was crucial in the successful detection of gravitational waves. The Bakerian medal is the premier award in the physical sciences and includes a prize Lecture.
The biological sciences are recognised with the Croonian Medal and Lecture. This year, Edward Boyden is awarded the prize for expanding our understanding of the brain and his work in optogenetics https://bit.ly/2XMxngx
Michel Goedert FRS identified and characterised assembled tau-proteins and alpha-synuclein showing their roles in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. He has been awarded a Royal Medal
Ann Dowling FRS has lead the world with her research into improving aircraft design, especially in relation to noise reduction. For this and her distinguished services to engineering, she is awarded a Royal Medal
Andrew Cooper FRS, has been awarded this year’s Hughes Medal for his work on designing and synthesising new classes of organic materials with applications in energy storage and production.
Miles Padgett FRS has been awarded the Rumford Medal for world leading research on optical orbital momentum including an angular form of the Einstein-Padolsky-Rosen paradox.
The Sylvester Medal, named for James Joseph Sylvester FRS, has been awarded to Peter Sarnak FRS for his contributions across number theory, combinatorics and geometry. https://bit.ly/2XPSr5U
The Leverhulme Medal, generously supported by @LeverhulmeTrust, is awarded for outstanding research in chemical engineering and applied chemistry. This year’s winner is Frank Caruso FRS
Jacqueline Cole has been awarded the biennial Clifford Patterson Medal for her work in developing photo-crystallography and her discoveries using molecular design rules.
The Royal Society Africa Prize recognises research scientists based in Africa making innovative contributions to the biological sciences. Henry Mwandumba is this year’s winner
Created in memory of George Buchanan FRS, the Buchanan Medal recognises contributions to the biomedical sciences. This year, Gillian Griffiths FRS is recognised for her work on the cell mechanism of cytotoxic T-cell killing
The Darwin Medal is awarded for work of acknowledged distinction in evolution, population biology, organismal biology and biological diversity. Peter Holland FRS is this year’s winner
The Leeuwenhoek Medal is awarded biennially for excellence in microbiology, bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology and microscopy. Geoffrey Smith FRS has won for his work on pox viruses
Interdisciplinary work between the life sciences and other disciplines is recognised with the Gabor Medal. Alison Noble FRS is has been recognised for her solutions to key problems with biomedical image analysis
The Royal Society Mullard Award has been awarded to Hagan Bayley FRS for invention of stochastic nanosensing which has delivered ultrarapid, distributable, wide-scale, 'long-read' genome sequencing.
Thanh Nguyen has been awarded the prestigious Rosalind Franklin Award for her achievements in the field of nanomaterials and her impactful project proposal #RSMedals #WomenInSTEM
The Royal Society recognises the importance of understanding the history, social philosophical context of science. The Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal recognises excellence in these areas and this year has been awarded to Simon Schaffer https://bit.ly/2SjqmO8
The Milner award has been awarded to Cordelia Schmid for her work in computer vision and her fundamental contributions to the representation of images and videos for visual recognition.
Michael Faraday FRS, founded the #XmasLectures @RI_Science. The Royal Society Faraday award recognises pioneering scientific communicators in his memory. This year’s winner is Martyn Poliakoff FRS for his work on @Youtube #RSMedals #SciComms
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