Leeuwenhoek Lecture

This prize lecture is given on a subject in the field of microbiology, bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology, and microscopy.

Leeuwenhoek Antonie van Leeuwenhoek FRS

The Leeuwenhoek 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.

Nominations

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.

Brad Amos

Most recent medallist

Professor Brad Amos FRS gave the 2012 Leeuwenhoek Lecture on How new science is transforming the optical microscope.

Prize lectures

Clifford Paterson Lecture: Given on a subject in the field of engineering.

Ferrier Lecture: Given on a subject relating to the structure and function of the nervous system.

Francis Crick Lecture: Given on a subject in the field of biology.

Kavli Medal and Lecture: Given on a subject relating to the environment or energy.

Leeuwenhoek Lecture: Given on a subject in the field of microbiology, bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology, and microscopy.

Michael Faraday Prize: For excellence in communicating science to UK audiences.

Royal Society GlaxoSmithKline Prize and Lecture: For original contributions to medical and veterinary sciences.

Royal Society Milner Award: For outstanding achievement in computer science by a European researcher.

Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award and Lecture: To support the promotion of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Rutherford Memorial Lecture: An exchange lecture between university centres in the Commonwealth, with at least one in three delivered in New Zealand.

Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Lecture: Given on a subject relating to the social function of science, the philosophy of science or the history of science.

See all medals, awards and prize lectures.

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