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Croonian Medal and Lecture

William Croone FRS

Croonian Medal and Lecture winner 2019

Dame Kay Davies DBE FMedSci FRSDame Kay Davies DBE FMedSci FRS

The Croonian Medal and Lecture 2019 is awarded to Dame Kay Davies DBE FMedSci FRS for her achievements in developing a prenatal test for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and her work on characterizing dystrophin related proteins.

Dame Kay Davies will be awarded a medal and a gift of £10,000 at the Royal Society’s Premier Awards Dinner in October 2018. 

The award

This prize lecture is the premier lecture in the biological sciences and is delivered annually at the Royal Society in London.

The lectureship was conceived by William Croone FRS (PDF), one of the original Fellows of the Society. Among the papers left on his death in 1684 were plans to endow two lectureships, one at the Royal Society and the other at the Royal College of Physicians. His widow later bequeathed the means to carry out the scheme. The lecture series began in 1738.


The call for nominations is now closed. The next round of nominations will open in November 2018.

Past winners

Professor Jennifer Doudna ForMemRS was awarded the Croonian Medal and Lecture 2018 for her outstanding structural and functional studies of RNA and ribonucleoprotiens and for elucidating the molecular mechanism of the CRISPR-Cas9 system and developing it for genetic engineering.

Professor Jonathan F Ashmore FRS was awarded the Croonian Medal and Lecture 2017 for his significant contributions to the field of sensory neuroscience, shaping our current understanding of inner ear physiology, in particular for his analysis of the role of cochlear hair cells in normal hearing.

Professor Enrico Coen CBE FRS was awarded the Croonian Medal and Lecture 2016 for his work resulting in a new theoretical and experimental foundation for understanding how the shapes of biological structures arise through development and evolution.

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