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Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture

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Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture winner 2018

CleavelandProfessor Sarah Cleaveland OBE FRS

The 2018 Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture is awarded to Professor Sarah Cleaveland OBE FRS for her pioneering work towards the eradication of rabies throughout the world.

Professor Cleaveland will receive a medal, and a gift of £2,000 on the date of her lecture.

The award

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.

The next round of nominations opens in November 2019. 

Past winners

Professor Jeffrey Errington FMedSci FRS was awarded the Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture in 2015 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 Leeuwenhoek Medal and Lecture in 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.

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