Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture
This prize lecture is given on a subject in the field of microbiology, bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology, and microscopy.
Antonie van Leeuwenhoek FRS
The Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture is given triennially. It was originally established to recognise excellence in the field of microbiology but now also includes excellence in bacteriology, virology, mycology and parasitology, and microscopy.
The lectureship was named after the Dutch microscopist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek FRS (PDF) and is supported by a bequest from George Gabb. Originally it was held annually, but it is now given triennially. The lecture was first given in 1950.
The lectureship is accompanied by a medal and a gift of £500.
If possible the Committee will award the lectureship to an early-to-mid career stage scientist. The award is open to citizens of a Commonwealth country or of the Irish Republic or those who have been ordinarily resident and working in a Commonwealth country or in the Irish Republic for a minimum of three years immediately prior to being proposed.
The next call for nominations for this award will open in 2016.
The recipient is chosen by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the Biological Sciences Awards Committees. Nominations are valid for five years after which the candidate cannot be re-nominated until a year after the nomination has expired.
Most recent medallist
Professor Jeffrey Errington FMedSci FRS was awarded the 2015 Leeuwenhoek Lecture for his seminal discoveries in relation to the cell cycle and cell morphogenesis in bacteria which helped to found the field of bacterial cell biology.