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Ferrier Medal and Lecture

A custom-built robotic device used to study how the brain learns to control tools, here a simulated hammer. Credit Professor Wolpert

Ferrier Medal and Lecture winner 2021

Daniel WolpertProfessor Daniel Wolpert FMedSci FRS

The Ferrier Medal and Lecture 2021 is awarded to Professor Daniel Wolpert FMedSci FRS for groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of how the brain controls movement. Using theoretical and experimental approaches he has elucidated the computational principles underlying skilled motor behaviour.

Professor Wolpert will be awarded a medal and a gift of £2,000 at a future date.

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

The award

The lectureship was created in memory of the neurologist and psychologist David Ferrier FRS (PDF), and was first awarded in 1928. It is given on a subject related to the advancement of natural knowledge on the structure and function of the nervous system. The medal is of bronze, is awarded biennially and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000. 


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

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Past winners

Professor Ray Dolan FMedSci FRS was awarded The Ferrier Medal and Lecture 2019 for his work charting the brain activity related to fundamental aspects of human conduct and behaviour.

Professor Christine Holt FMedSci FRS was awarded the Ferrier Medal and Lecture 2017 for pioneering understanding of the key molecular mechanisms involved in nerve growth, guidance and targeting which has revolutionised our knowledge of growing axon tips.

Professor John O'Keefe FMedSci FRS was awarded the Ferrier Prize Lecture 2013 for his pioneering work in cognitive neuroscience, especially on the role of the hippocampus, and the mechanisms supporting memory and cognition.

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

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