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 first award was made in 1986.
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.
Read the selection criteria (PDF) for the prize.
The Michael Faraday Medallist 2016
The Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture 2016 is awarded to Dr Nick Lane for excellence in communicating science to UK audiences.
Dr Lane will be presented with a medal of silver gilt, and a gift of £2,500 as part of his prize lecture to be given in February 2017.
Professor Katherine Willis was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize 2015 and gave the lecture From genes to beans: polyploidy on a plate.
Professor Andrea Sella was awarded the Michael Faraday Prize 2014 and gave the lecture Is chemistry really so difficult?.
See full list of all past winners of the Michael Faraday Prize.