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Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture

Michael Faraday FRS

Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture winner 2019

Sir Martyn PoliakoffSir Martyn Poliakoff CBE FREng FRS

The Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture 2019 is awarded to Sir Martyn Poliakoff CBE FREng FRS 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 Poliakoff will be awarded a medal and a gift of £2,500 at the associated prize lecture in 2020.

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 opens on 29 November 2019.

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Past winners

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

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

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

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

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