The Royal Society recognises excellence in science and technology through its medals, awards and prize lectures.

Red bullet Premier Awards
The most prestigious medals and prizes awarded by the Royal Society.
Green bullet Medals
These cover a range of sciences and are made of bronze, silver or gold.
Gold bullet Prize lectures
The prize lectures are delivered at the Royal Society by the award winner.
Grey bullet Awards
Many of the awards are endowed or run in partnership with other organisations.

The medals, awards and prizes are awarded by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the relevant awards committee, which is always chaired by a Fellow of the Royal Society.

The award winners are celebrated at a ceremony on Anniversary Day, in November, each year. The medallists collect their prize at the ceremony and the prize lectures are usually given at the start of the following calendar year.

A full list of past award winners is available for download (tab-delimited TXT).


The call for nominations is now closed. The next call for nominations will open in November 2015.

Book prizes

Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books
Celebrates the best in popular science writing.

Royal Society Young People's Book Prize
Celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people.