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These medals are awarded for the most important contributions in the physical, biological and applied sciences.
King George IV founded the Royal Medals in 1825.
The three Royal Medals, also known as the Queen’s Medals, are awarded annually by the Sovereign on the recommendation of the Council of the Society. Frederick Sanger FRS, Max Perutz FRS and Francis Crick FRS are among those who have been awarded a Royal Medal.
Each year two medals are awarded for the most important contributions “to the advancement of Natural Knowledge” in the physical and biological sciences respectively. A third medal is awarded for distinguished contributions in the applied sciences.
The Royal Medals were founded by HM King George IV in 1825. Between 1826 and 1964 two medals were awarded each year. In 1965 the third medal, covering the applied sciences, was introduced on behalf of HM The Queen. The three medals are of silver gilt and are accompanied by a gift of £5,000.
The 2013 call for nominations has now closed. The winners will be announced in the Summer.
The recipients are chosen by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the Physical Sciences Award Committee, Biological Sciences Awards Committee and Joint Awards Committee. Nominations are valid for five years after which the candidate cannot be re-nominated until a year after the nomination has expired.
The award is open to citizens of a Commonwealth country or of the Irish Republic or those who have been ordinarily resident and working in a Commonwealth country or in the Irish Republic for a minimum of three years immediately prior to being proposed.
Professor Tom Kibble CBE FRS was awarded the Royal Medal in 2012 for his theories of symmetry-breaking in quantum field theory, with diverse applications to elementary particle masses, vortex formation in Helium 3 and structure formation in the early universe.
Sir Kenneth Murray FRS was awarded the Royal Medal in 2012 for his crucial contributions to the development of genetic engineering, to biotechnology and to the study of hepatitis viruses.
Professor Andrew Holmes AM FRS was awarded the Royal Medal in 2012 for his outstanding contributions to chemical synthesis at the interface between materials and biology and pioneering the field of organic electronic materials.
Copley Medal: For outstanding achievements in either the physical or biological sciences.
Royal Medal: For the most important contributions in the physical, biological and applied sciences.
Bakerian Lecture: The premier lecture in the physical sciences.
Croonian Lecture: The premier lecture in the biological sciences.
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