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Bakerian Medal and Lecture

Professor Andy Hopper CBE FREng FRS

The award

The Bakerian Medal and Lecture is awarded annually and 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.

Nominations for the Bakerian Medal and Lecture 2018 have now closed. Medallists will be announced in July with the next round of nominations opening in November 2017.

Bakerian Medallist 2017

The Bakerian Medal and Lecture 2017 is awarded to Professor Andy Hopper CBE FREng FRS, 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.

Professor Hopper was presented with a medal, and a gift of £10,000 at the Premier Awards dinner in autumn 2016. The associated prize lecture will be delivered on 2 March 2017.

Past winners

Professor Andrea Ghez was awarded the Bakerian Lecture 2016 for her acclaimed discoveries using the techniques of optical astronomy, especially her sustained work on the motions and nature of the stars orbiting the black hole in the centre of our Galaxy 

Professor John Ellis CBE FRS was awarded the Bakerian Lecture 2015 for his ground breaking contributions in the physics of the Higgs boson and his attempts at unifying the fundamental forces of nature through his work at the LHC.

See full list of all past winners of the Bakerian Medal and Lecture.