Croonian Medal and Lecture

This prize lecture is the premier lecture in the biological sciences.

Croone William Croone FRS © Royal College of Physicians

The Croonian Lecture is delivered annually at the Royal Society in London and is accompanied by a medal and a gift of £10,000.

The lectureship was conceived by William Croone FRS (PDF), one of the original Fellows of the Society. Among the papers left on his death in 1684 were plans to endow two lectureships, one at the Royal Society and the other at the Royal College of Physicians. His widow later bequeathed the means to carry out the scheme and indicated that the bequest was “for the support of a lecture and illustrative experiment for the advancement of natural knowledge on local motion, or (conditionally) of such other subjects as, in the opinion of the President for the time being, should be most useful in promoting the objects for which the Royal Society was instituted”. The lecture series began in 1738.


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

The recipient is chosen by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the Biological Sciences Awards Committee. Nominations are valid for three cycles of consideration with re-nomination possible after one cycle has passed.

There are no geographical restrictions on this award.

Professor Enrico Coen CBE FRS

Most recent medallist

Professor Enrico Coen CBE FRS was awarded the 2016 Croonian Lecture for his work resulting in a new theoretical and experimental foundation for understanding how the shapes of biological structures arise through development and evolution.

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