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.

Charles II 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.

Jiabao

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.

Medals

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.

See all medals, awards and prize lectures.

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