This medal is awarded for important discoveries in chemistry.
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.
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.