Skip to content

Bakerian Medal and Lecture

Henry Baker FRS

Bakerian Medallist 2018

Professor Susan Solomon ForMemRSProfessor Susan Solomon ForMemRS

The 2018 Bakerian Medal is awarded to Professor Susan Solomon ForMemRS in recognition of her outstanding contributions in atmospheric science, in particular to the understanding of polar ozone depletion.

Professor Solomon will be presented with a medal and a gift of £10,000 at the Premier Awards dinner in autumn 2017. The associated prize lecture will be delivered in 2018.

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. 

The next round of nominations opens in November 2017.

Past winners

Professor Andy Hopper CBE FREng FRS was awarded the 2017 Bakerian Lecture 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 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.