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Croonian Medal and Lecture

Scanning electron microscope view of a row of outer hair cells in the organ of Corti of the inner ear. Credit: Professor Andy Forge, UCL Ear Institute.

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.

Nominations for the Croonian Medal and Lecture 2018 have now closed. Medallists will be announced in July with the next round of nominations opening in November 2017.

Croonian Medallist 2017

Professor Jonathan F. Ashmore FRS

The Croonian Medal and Lecture 2017 is awarded to Professor Jonathan F. Ashmore FRS, 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 Jonathan F. Ashmore FRS will be presented with a medal and a gift of £10,000 at the Premier Awards dinner in autumn 2016. The associated prize lecture will be delivered on 15 May 2017.

Past winners

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.

Professor Nicholas Davies FRS was awarded the Croonian Lecture 2015 for his work on the co-evolved responses of brood parasitic cuckoos and their hosts, the process of co-evolution and adaptation and the extraordinary biology of these unusual birds.

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