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Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture

To recognise excellence in the field of microbiology but now also includes excellence in bacteriology, virology, mycology and parasitology, and microscopy.

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek FRS

Professor Jeffrey Errington FMedSci FRS was awarded the 2015 Leeuwenhoek Lecture for his seminal discoveries in relation to the cell cycle and cell morphogenesis in bacteria which helped to found the field of bacterial cell biology.

Brad Amos was awarded the Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture in 2012. His lecture was titled How new science is transforming the optical microscope.

See full list of all past winners of the Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture

The award

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.

Nominations

The next call for nominations for this award will open in 2016.

The recipient is chosen by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the Biological Sciences Awards Committees. 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.