The lectureship was named after the Dutch microscopist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek FRS (PDF), often referred to as the ‘Father of Microbiology’, and is supported by a bequest from George Gabb. Originally it was held annually, but it is now given triennially. The lecture was first given in 1950.
The Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture is given triennially. It was originally established to recognise excellence in the field of microbiology but now also includes excellence in bacteriology, virology, mycology and parasitology, and microscopy.
The lectureship is accompanied by a medal and a gift of £2,000.
Professor Jeffrey Errington FMedSci FRS was awarded the Leeuwenhoek Lecture 2015
for his seminal discoveries in relation to the cell cycle and cell
morphogenesis in bacteria which helped to found the field of bacterial
Dr Brad Amos FRS was awarded the Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture 2012 for his exceptional impact on the field of cell biology through his co-development of the laser scanning confocal microscope.
See full list of all past winners of the Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture.