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Bakerian Medal and Lecture

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Nominations now open

The call for nominations is now open. There is a new nomination system in place and so please ensure you read through the guidance document fully. 

This year, the Society is encouraging nominations of joint collaborations, groups or teams for almost all its medals to better represent how contemporary science is undertaken. In addition, the Society is extremely keen to broaden the diversity of those nominated for its awards, so do please consider all contacts and colleagues.  

You do not have to be a Fellow of the Royal Society to nominate or be nominated for any of the Royal Society medals and awards.

Nominations close on Friday 24 February 2023 at 3pm GMT.

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Bakerian Medal and Lecture winner 2023

Andrew ZissermanProfessor Andrew Zisserman

The Bakerian Medal and Lecture 2023 is awarded to Professor Andrew Zisserman FRS for research on computational theory and commercial systems for geometrical analysis of images, and for being a pioneer and leading scientist in machine learning for vision, especially image recognition. 

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 Bakerian medal and lecture is open to international citizens. It is restricted to senior scientists and nominations will remain valid and shall be considered by the award selection committee throughout three nomination cycles. Teams or groups may now be nominated for this award.


Nominations are now open, see top of page for details.

Past winners

Professor Michelle Simmons FRS was awarded the Bakerian Medal in 2022 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 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. 

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

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