Royal Society Milner Award

This award is made for outstanding achievement in computer science by a European researcher.

Professor Robin Milner FRS Professor Robin Milner FRS

The Royal Society Milner Award, supported by Microsoft Research, is given annually for outstanding achievement in computer science by a European researcher.

It replaces the Royal Society and Académie des sciences Microsoft Award  and is named in honour of Professor Robin Milner FRS (1934-2010), a pioneer in computer science.

The winner of the award receives a medal and a personal prize of £5,000. The winner is invited to deliver a public lecture on their research at the Society.

The recipient should be an active researcher in any area of computer science, who has been resident in Europe for at least 12 months prior to their nomination. Please note that full-time employees of Microsoft Research are not eligible to receive this award, and self nominations cannot be accepted.

Nominations

The call for nominations for the 2015 Milner award is now closed. Nominations for the 2016 award will open in November 2015.

For further information on the nomination process please download the nomination form.

The recipient is chosen by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the Milner Award Committee. The Committee is made up of Fellows of the Royal Society, Members of the Académie des sciences and Members of Leopoldina (Germany). Nominations are valid for three cycles after which the candidate cannot be re-nominated until a year after the nomination has expired.

Most recent medallists

Professor Thomas Henzinger

Professor Thomas Henzinger was awarded the 2015 Milner Award for fundamental advances in the theory and practice of formal verification and synthesis of reactive, real-time, and hybrid computer systems.

Dr Xavier Leroy

Professor Xavier Leroy was awarded the 2016 Milner Award in recognition of his exceptional achievements in computer programming which includes the design and implementation of the OCaml programming language

Prize lectures

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

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

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

Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture: 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 Medal and 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.

Contact us

For more information on this, and all Royal Society medals, awards and prize lectures, please contact awards@royalsociety.org.