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Davy Medal

Humphry Davy FRS

Davy medallist 2020

Professor Benjamin DavisProfessor Benjamin Davis FMedSci FRS

The Davy Medal 2020 is awarded to Professor Benjamin Davis FMedSci FRS for inventing powerful chemical methods that directly manipulate complex biological molecules, enabling elucidation and control of biological function and mechanism in vitro and in vivo, beyond the limits of genetics.

Professor Davis's achievement will be celebrated at Anniversary Day on 30 November 2020. The prize is given with a medal and gift of £2,000.

Return to this year's Royal Society medal, award and prize winners.

The award

The Davy Medal is awarded to an outstanding researcher in the field of chemistry. The medal is named after Humphry Davy FRS, the chemist and inventor of the Davy Lamp, and was first awarded in 1877. The medal is of bronze, is awarded annually and is accompanies by a gift of £2,000.

Nominations

The call for nominations is now closed. The next round of nominations opens in November 2020.  

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Past winners

Professor Varinder Aggarwal FRS was awarded the The Davy Medal 2019 for his ground-breaking methods coupling boronic esters creating 3-D architectures with full control over shape and functionality with broad ranging applications across the sciences.

Professor John Pyle CBE FRS was awarded the Davy Medal 2018 for pioneering leadership in understanding the depletion of the global ozone layer by halocarbons, particularly coupling between chemistry, radiation, and dynamics, and the special vulnerability of Arctic ozone.

Professor Matthew Rosseinsky FRS was awarded the Davy Medal 2017 for his advances in the design and discovery of functional materials, integrating the development of new experimental and computational techniques. 

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

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