The Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture is awarded biennially. It was originally established to recognise excellence in the field of microbiology, bacteriology, virology, mycology and parasitology, and microscopy.
The lectureship was named after the Dutch microscopist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek FRS, often referred to as the ‘Father of Microbiology’, and is supported by a bequest from George Gabb. Originally it was held annually, and from 2006 to 2018 it was awarded triennially, but it is now awarded biennially. The lecture was first given in 1950. The lectureship is accompanied by a medal and a gift of £2,000.
Professor Sarah Cleaveland OBE FRS was awarded the 2017 Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture for her pioneering work towards the eradication of rabies throughout the world.
Professor Jeffrey Errington FMedSci FRS was awarded the 2015 Leeuwenhoek Medal and 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.
Dr Brad Amos FRS was awarded the 2012 Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture 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.