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Croonian Medal and Lecture

Edward Holmes in a bat cave in China
Professor Holmes in a bat cave in China

Nominations now open

The call for nominations is now open. Please ensure you read through the guidance document fully.

The Royal 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 to be nominated for any of the Royal Society medals and awards.

Nominations close on Friday 23 February 2024 at 23:59 GMT.

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Croonian Medal and Lecture winner 2024 

Edward HolmesProfessor Edward Holmes FRS  (Credit: Louise M Cooper, University of Sydney)

The Croonian Medal and Lecture 2024 is awarded to Professor Edward Holmes for being a global authority on virus evolution and emergence, who played a key role in the discovery of SARS-CoV-2 and was the first to publicly release the genome sequence.

The award

The Croonian Medal and Lecture is the premier lecture in the biological sciences. 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 medal is of silver gilt, is awarded annually and is accompanied by a gift of £10,000. 


The Croonian 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.

Past winners

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser DBE FRS was awarded the Croonian Medal in 2023 for playing a central role in two of the most important discoveries regarding the nature and perception of plant hormones, and for her contributions to gender equality in science.

Sir Stephen O'Rahilly FMedSci FRS and Professor Sadaf Farooqi FMedSci FRS were awarded the Croonian Medal in 2022 for their seminal discoveries regarding the control of human body weight, resulting in novel diagnostics and therapies, which improve human health.

Professor Barry Everitt FMedSci FRS was awarded the Croonian Medal in 2021 and presented his lecture Brain mechanisms of addictive behaviour.

Professor Edward Boyden was awarded the Croonian Medal in 2020 and presented his lecture Shining a light on the brain

See full list of all past winners of the Croonian Medal and Lecture.

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