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Davy Medal

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Davy medallist 2019

VarinderProfessor Varinder Aggarwal FRS

The Davy Medal 2019 is awarded to Professor Varinder Aggarwal FRS 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 Aggarwal will receive a medal and a gift of £2,000 at the Society's Anniversary Day Meeting on 29 November 2019.

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.


The call for nominations opens on 29 November 2019.

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Past winners

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 in 2017 for his advances in the design and discovery of functional materials, integrating the development of new experimental and computational techniques.

Professor Stephen Mann FRS was awarded the Davy Medal in 2016 for his distinguished and major contributions to the chemistry of bio-mineralization and for pioneering the bioinspired synthesis and self-assembly of functional nanostructures and hybrid nanoscale objects. 

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

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