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Bakerian Medal and Lecture

Henry Baker FRS

Bakerian Medal and Lecture winner 2020

Professor HoughSir James Hough OBE FRS

The Bakerian Medal and Lecture 2020 is awarded Sir James Hough OBE FRS for his world-leading work on suspensions systems for the test masses used in laser interferometry, pivotal to the successful detection of gravitational waves.

Sir James will be awarded a medal and a gift of £10,000 at the Royal Society’s Premier Awards Dinner in October 2019.

The award

The Bakerian Medal and Lecture is the premier lecture in physical sciences. The lectureship was established through a bequest by Henry Baker FRS (PDF) of £100 for 'an oration or discourse on such part of natural history or experimental philosophy, at such time and in such manner as the President and Council of the Society for the time being shall please to order and appoint'. The lecture series began in 1775. The medal is of silver gilt, is awarded annually and is accompanied by a gift of £10,000.  


The call for nominations is now closed. The next round of nominations will open in November 2019.

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Past winners

Professor Edward Hinds FRS was award the Bakerian Medal and Lecture in 2019 for his achievements in controlling individual atoms, molecules and photons. With these, he has advanced our understanding of fundamental phenomena such as Casimir forces, dark energy, and supersymmetry.

Professor Susan Solomon ForMemRS was awarded the Bakerian Medal and Lecture in 2018 in recognition of her outstanding contributions in atmospheric science, in particular to the understanding of polar ozone depletion.

Professor Andy Hopper CBE FREng FRS was awarded the Bakerian Medal and Lecture in 2017 for his outstanding research in computer technology, with significant economic impacts, in particular his work in computer networking and sentient computing systems with an aim to providing sustainability.

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