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Bakerian Medal and Lecture

Henry Baker FRS

Bakerian Medal and Lecture winner 2022

Bakerian-Michelle-SimmonsProfessor Michelle Simmons FRS

The Bakerian Medal and Lecture 2022 is awarded to Professor Michelle Simmons FRS for seminal contributions to our understanding of nature at the atomic-scale by creating a sequence of world-first quantum electronic devices in which individual atoms control device behaviour.

Professor Simmons will be awarded a medal and a gift of £10,000 at the Royal Society at a future date. 

Return to this year's Royal Society medal, award and prize winners.

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 2021. 

Past winners

Professor Victoria Kaspi CC FRS was awarded the Bakerian Medal in 2021 and presented her lecture Fast Radio Bursts.

Sir James Hough OBE FRS was awarded the Bakerian Medal in 2020 and presented his lecture Ripples from the Dark Side of the Universe – a bright future ahead.

Professor Edward Hinds FRS was award the Bakerian Medal in 2019 and presented his lecture The quantum revolution in science and technology. 

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

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