Royal Society Armourers & Brasiers' Company Prize

This award is made for excellent use-inspired research on structural or functional materials that is both fundamental and for the benefit of society.

Bonfield Professor William Bonfield was awarded the Royal Society Armourers & Brasiers' Company Prize in 1991.

The Royal Society Armourers & Brasiers' Company Prize is awarded biennially (in even years), for excellence in basic research in functional or structural materials where the research is clearly motivated by use of these materials.

The concept of 'use-inspired basic research' describes research seeking fundamental understanding that is motivated or inspired by considerations of practical use.

We are seeking candidates whose research is fundamental and who are actively engaged in the development or improvement of the practical use of the material(s) concerned.

The Prize was established with support from the Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers', a livery company originally comprised of armourers and brass workers. The first award was made in 1985.

The medal is of silver gilt and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000. For further details please see the Terms of Reference.

The Prize is awarded at mid-career or at the culmination of a long and distinguished career and is normally awarded to an individual. A candidate’s work and evidence should be of international standing, and should demonstrate originality and breadth of impact in use-inspired basic research on functional or structural materials.

The Prize is open to citizens of a Commonwealth country or of the Irish Republic, or those of any nationality who are ordinarily resident and working in a Commonwealth country or in the Irish Republic and have been for a minimum of three years immediately prior to being proposed.


The next call for nominations for this award will open in 2015.

The call for nominations is circulated to relevant University departments, learned societies, research institutions, the Fellowship and other identified organisations.

The recipient is chosen by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the Armourers & Brasiers' Company Prize Committee. Nominations are valid for one year.

Jenny Nelson

Most recent medallist

Professor Jenny Nelson  was awarded the Royal Society Armourers & Brasiers' Company Prize in 2012 in recognition of her theoretical insight into the many factors affecting the fabrication and performance of organic photovoltaics, which has led to the rational design of these devices and related photodetectors based on organic semiconductors.


Royal Society Armourers & Brasiers' Company Prize: For excellence in materials science and technology.

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 Prize: For scientists working in the biological sciences to promote capacity-building in Africa.

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