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Andrew Wiles wins Copley Medal

Sir Andrew Wiles KBE FRS, one of the world’s foremost mathematicians, has been awarded the Royal Society’s Copley Medal, the world’s oldest scientific prize. 

He has been awarded the prize for proving Fermat’s Last Theorem, a major mathematical breakthrough of the 20th century.

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Martyn Poliakoff wins Lord Lewis Prize

Martyn Poliakoff is a global leader in the field of green chemistry and Foreign Secretary and Vice-president of the Royal Society.

He is the Lord Lewis Prize 2016 Winner, awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry for his original studies of the chemical applications of supercritical fluids and for work in the development of science policy, nationally, within the EU and globally.

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The Fellowship


Sir Venki Ramakrishnan is President of the Royal Society. He started his five year term on 1 December 2015.

Venki received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on ribosomal structure and was knighted in 2012.

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About the Fellowship

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth. Fellows and Foreign Members are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science.

There are approximately 1,600 Fellows and Foreign Members, including around 80 Nobel Laureates. Each year up to 52 Fellows and up to 10 Foreign Members are elected from a group of around 700 candidates who are proposed by the existing Fellowship.

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