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Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell wins Breakthrough Prize

Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell has been awarded a Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for her work on the discovery of Radio Pulsars. The award also recognises her scientific leadership.

Dame Jocelyn will donate winnings from the $3 million prize to the Institute of Physics for the running of graduate studentships for people from under-represented groups in physics research.

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Richard Henderson FRS wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Richard Henderson FRS from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge has been jointly awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Chemistry with Jacques Dubochet and Joachim Frank.

Henderson was the 2016 recipient of the Royal Society’s Copley Medal, the world’s oldest scientific prize.

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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.

Meet the Fellows and Foreign Members elected in 2017, and the Medals and Award winners 2017/18 (PDF).

Read more about elections to the Fellowship.