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Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture


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, 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 2018.

Past winners

Professor Mark Miodownik was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize 2017 and will be giving his lecture on Tuesday 20 February 2018.

Dr Nick Lane was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize 2016 and gave the lecture Why is life the way it is?

Professor Katherine Willis was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize 2015 and gave the lecture From genes to beans: polyploidy on a plate.  

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