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Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture

Michael Faraday FRS

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 Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture criteria, terms and conditions (PDF) should be read before submitting a nomination.


The call for nominations is now closed. The next round of nominations will open in November 2021.

Past winners

Sir David Spiegelhalter OBE FRS was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture 2020 and presented his lecture Communicating statistics in the time of Covid.

Sir Martyn Poliakoff CBE FREng FRS was awarded The Michael Faraday Prize in 2019 and presented his lecture The elements of chemistry.

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?

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

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