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What is the Royal Society’s medals and awards programme?

The Royal Society’s prestigious medals and awards programme recognises and celebrates outstanding contributions to science from individuals and teams. The winners are announced each summer and celebrated throughout the year at the Royal Society. Around 30 medals and awards are presented each year, celebrating excellence across a wide range of scientific research areas and roles. Several of the awards are accompanied by a prize lecture.

The Copley Medal was first awarded in 1731 and is thought to be the world’s oldest scientific prize.

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Past awards

Read about some of the historical medals, awards and prize lectures.

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