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Bakerian Medal and Lecture

Henry Baker FRS

Bakerian Medal and Lecture winner 2021

Professor Victoria Kaspi FRSProfessor Victoria Kaspi CC FRS

The Bakerian Medal and Lecture 2021 is awarded to Professor Victoria Kaspi CC FRS for her research focused on neutron stars and their utility for constraining basic physics. More recently, she has also made fundamental discoveries on Fast Radio Bursts.

Professor Kaspi 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 2020.

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Past winners

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

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.

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

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