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Bakerian Medal and Lecture

The premier lecture in physical sciences.

Henry Baker FRS

The lectureship was established through a bequest by Henry Baker FRS (PDF) of pound 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 Bakerian Medal and Lecture is delivered annually at the Royal Society in London and is accompanied by a medal and a gift of £10,000.


The call for nominations has now closed. The next round of nominations will open in November 2016.

The recipient is chosen by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the Premier Awards Committee. The committee will consider the nomination a maximum of 3 times, before the nomination is retired. Re-nomination is possible after 1 round has passed.

There are no geographical nomination restrictions on this award.

Professor	Andrea GhezProfessor Andrea Ghez

Professor Andrea Ghez was awarded the 2016 Bakerian Lecture 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 2015 Bakerian Lecture 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.

Among the previous winners of the lectureship are Athene Donald FRS and Dorothy Hodgkin FRS.

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