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Davy Medal

For an outstanding researcher in the field of Chemistry.

Humphry Davy FRS

The award

The medal is named after Humphry Davy FRS, the chemist and inventor of the Davy Lamp, and was first awarded in 1877. The Davy Medal is awarded annually to an outstanding researcher in the field of chemistry.

The medal is of bronze and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000.


The call for nominations is now closed. The next round of nominations will open in November 2016. 

The recipient is chosen by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the Physical Sciences Awards Committee. The committee will consider the nomination a maximum of 3 times, before the nomination is retired. Re-nomination is possible after 1 round has passed.

The award is open to citizens of a Commonwealth country or of the Irish Republic or those who have been ordinarily resident and working in a Commonwealth country or in the Irish Republic for a minimum of 3 years immediately prior to being proposed.

Past winners

Professor Gideon John Davies FMedSci FRS

Professor Gideon John Davies FMedSci FRS was awarded the 2015 Davy Medal for his field-defining work in determining the reaction chemistry of enzyme-catalysed carbohydrate transformations with major applications in medicine and biotechnology

Professor Clare Grey FRS was awarded the 2014 Davy Medal for further pioneering applications of solid state nuclear magnetic resonance to materials of relevance to energy and the environment.

Past winners include Marie and Pierre Curie, for their research on radium, and Dame Kathleen Lonsdale FRS, for her studies in the structure and growth of crystals.

See full list of all past winners of the Davy Medal.