Davy Medal

This medal is awarded for important discoveries in chemistry.

Davy Humphry Davy FRS

The Davy Medal is awarded annually “for an outstandingly important recent discovery in any branch of chemistry”. Originally it was stipulated that the discovery must have been made in Europe or North America, but this restriction has now been removed. If possible the Committee will award the medal to an early-to-mid career stage scientist. 

The medal is named after Humphry Davy FRS and was first awarded in 1877. 


The next call for nominations for this award opens on 28 November 2014.

The recipient is chosen by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the Physical Sciences 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 medal is of bronze and is accompanied by a gift of £1,000. 

Davy Medal

Most recent medallist

Professor Graham Hutchings FRS was awarded the 2013 Davy Medal for the discovery of catalysis by gold and for his seminal contributions to this new field of chemistry.


Buchanan Medal: For distinguished contributions to the medical sciences.

Darwin Medal: For work of acknowledged distinction in evolution, population biology, organismal biology and biological diversity.

Davy Medal: For important discoveries in chemistry.

Gabor Medal: For interdisciplinary work between the life sciences with other disciplines.

Hughes Medal: For original discoveries relating to the generation, storage and use of energy.

Kavli Education Medal: For impact in the field of science and mathematics education.

Leverhulme Medal: For significant contributions to chemistry or engineering.

Royal Society King Charles II Medal: For foreign Heads of State or Government who have made an outstanding contribution to furthering scientific research in their country.

Rumford Medal: For important discoveries in the field of thermal or optical properties of matter.

Sylvester Medal: For mathematical research.

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