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Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture

Michael Faraday FRS

Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture winner 2020

Sir David SpiegelhalterSir David Spiegelhalter OBE FRS

The Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture 2020 is awarded to Sir David Spiegelhalter OBE FRS for bringing key insights from the disciplines of statistics and probability vividly home to the public at large, and to key decision-makers, in entertaining and accessible ways, most recently through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sir David will be awarded a medal and a gift of £2,500 at the associated prize lecture in 2021.

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The award

The Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture is awarded annually to the scientist or engineer whose expertise in communicating scientific ideas in lay terms is exemplary. Normally, preference will be given to a practising scientist or engineer, but other individuals whose primary expertise is in writing, broadcasting or other relevant forms of communication may also be considered. The award is named after Michael Faraday FRS, the influential inventor and electrical pioneer who was prominent in the public communication of science and founded the Christmas lectures at the Royal Institution. The medal is of silver gilt, is awarded annually and is accompanied by a gift of £2,500.


The call for nominations is now closed. The next round of nominations will open in November 2020.

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Past winners

Sir Martyn Poliakoff CBE FREng FRS will be awarded The Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture 2019 for his exemplary work to promote chemistry to an international audience via YouTube in a way that is understandable to viewers of all ages.

Professor Danielle George was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture 2018 and gave her lecture on 'Thinkering': a solution to the Engineering Grand Challenges?

Professor Mark Miodownik was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture 2017 and gave his lecture on Can materials science save us (from ourselves)?

See full list of all past winners of the Michael Faraday Prize.

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