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Honorary Fellowship is intended for those who have given distinguished service to the cause of science, or who have brought great benefits to science, but who do not have the scientific achievements of the kind required of those who could be elected as Fellows or Foreign Members.
Author Bill Bryson was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society in 2013.
There are currently six Honorary Fellows (their election year is given in brackets):
Bill Bryson 
Melvyn Bragg, Baron Bragg of Wigton 
David Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury of Turville 
Onora O'Neill, Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve 
Sir Ralph Kohn 
Leonard Wolfson, Baron Wolfson of Marylebone 
Read about our President, Sir Paul Nurse
Biographical information on past Fellows.
Each year up to 52 Fellows and up to 10 Foreign Members may be elected.
Read the biographies of those elected in:2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010
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