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Croonian Medal and Lecture

William Croone FRS

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 call for nominations is now closed. The next round of nominations will open in November 2021.

Past winners

Professor Barry Everitt FMedSci FRS will be awarded the Croonian Medal and Lecture 2021 for elucidating brain mechanisms of motivation and applying them to important societal issues such as drug addiction.

Professor Edward Boyden was awarded the Croonian Medal and Lecture 2020 for his inventions that expand our understanding of the brain and allow therapeutic development including the co-invention of optogenetics, a technology that has revolutionized neurobiology.

Dame Kay Davies DBE FMedSci FRS was awarded the Croonian Medal in 2019 and presented her lecture From diagnosis to therapy in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

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

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