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This award is made to individuals whose work has the potential to make a contribution to national prosperity.
The Royal Society Mullard Award medal.
The Royal Society Mullard Award was provided by a gift to the Society by the Board of Directors of Mullard Ltd.
The Mullard Award is awarded to an individual who has an outstanding academic record in any area of natural science, engineering or technology and whose work is currently making or has the prospect to make a contribution to national prosperity in the United Kingdom. The Award is aimed at early career scientists, engineers and technologists up to 15 years post-PhD.
The award consists of a silver gilt medal, a £2,000 gift and a £1,500 travel grant. The winner is called upon to deliver a short lecture at the Society.
The 2014 call for nominations is now open and will close on the Friday 28 February 2014. To submit a nomination (self-nominations are allowed), please download a nomination form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The call for nominations is circulated to university departments, learned societies, research institutions, Royal Society Research Fellows, the Fellowship, University Vice-Chancellors and Research Councils.
The recipient is chosen by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the Brian Mercer Awards Panel.
Professor Shankar Balasubramanian received the Royal Society Mullard Award in 2009.
In his twenty years as a PI at Cambridge University, Professor Balasubramanian has risen to the Herchel Smith Chair of Medicinal Chemistry and is a Fellow of Trinity College. In this time, he has also founded Solexa (a DNA sequencing company now owned by Illumina) and Cambridge Epigenetix, which produces tools using selective chemical transformations for the accurate analysis of DNA Methylation, hydroxymethylation and other base modifications. Professor Balasubramanian is a Professor in the Chemistry Department, University of Cambridge and also a senior Group Leader at Cancer Research UK, co-ordinating multidisciplinary PhD training programmes.
He was nominated for the award in recognition of his work in developing a novel method of sequencing, known as the Solexa method, which has revolutionised DNA sequencing by the use of solid phase sequencing by reversible terminators.
"I was delighted to receive this recognition for how we harnessed our basic, blue sky science into a commercial technology that has made a difference."
“Having previously worked on decoding G, C, A and T [the building blocks of DNA], my lab is now working on the modified bases that constitute a largely unexplored aspect of the (epi)genome and also on non-double helical forms of DNA structures that occur in nature.”
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Royal Society Kohn Award: For excellence in engaging the public with science.
Royal Society Mercer Prize: For research that has been commercially exploited for significant wealth generation of societal benefit in the UK.
Royal Society Mullard Award: For individuals whose work has the potential to make a contribution to national prosperity.
Royal Society Pfizer Award: For scientists working in the biological sciences to promote capacity-building in Africa.
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