Royal Society King Charles II Medal
This medal is awarded to foreign Heads of State or Government who have made an outstanding contribution to furthering scientific research in their country.
King Charles II
The award is made only in exceptional circumstances and is normally presented on the occasion of a formal state visit. The first award was made in 1998.
Unlike for other medals and awards, nominations for the Royal Society King Charles II Medal are not invited. Instead, Fellows may, at any time, propose names of potential recipients to the Physical Secretary alongside a supporting statement. The medal is awarded at the discretion of Council.
The speeches given by Chancellor Angela Merkel (PDF) and by Mr Wen Jiabao are also available.
The medal is of silver gilt.
Most recent medallist
His Excellency, Mr Wen Jiabao, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China was awarded the Royal Society King Charles II Medal in 2011.