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Gabor Medal

For acknowledged distinction of interdisciplinary work between the life sciences with other disciplines.

Dennis Gabor FRS

Professor Benjamin DavidProfessor Benjamin Simons

Professor Benjamin David Simons was awarded the 2015 Gabor Medal for his work analysing stem cell lineages in development, tissue homeostasis and cancer, revolutionising our understanding of stem cell behaviour in vivo. Benjamin Simons is delighted that the Royal Society would recognize the value of theoretical approaches from the physical and mathematical sciences in providing new insights into the regulation and function of basic cell biological processes.

Professor Christofer Toumazou FREng FRS was awarded the 2013 Gabor Medal for his success in applying semiconductor technology to biomedical and life-science applications, most recently to DNA analysis.

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

The award

The award was created in memory of the engineer Dennis Gabor FRS (PDF), Nobel Prize winner and inventor of holography. The first award was made in 1989 and the lectureship is accompanied by a medal and a gift of £2,000.

The Gabor Medal is awarded biennially (in odd years). Previously it was awarded for acknowledged distinction of work in the life sciences, particularly in the fields of genetic engineering and molecular biology. In line with the donor’s wishes, the work rewarded may also, from time to time, relate to a branch of science to the progress of which Professor Dennis Gabor FRS had himself contributed. It is now awarded for acknowledged distinction of interdisciplinary work between the life sciences with other disciplines. An additional medal was awarded in 2010, to mark the Society’s 350th anniversary.


The call for nominations for the 2015 Gabor Medal is now closed. Nominations for the 2017 medal will open in November 2016.

The recipient is chosen by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the Joint Physical and Biological 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.