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Royal Society Mullard Award

The Mullard Award

Royal Society Mullard Award winner 2021

mullard-steve-daviesProfessor Stephen Davies 

The Royal Society Mullard Award 2021 is awarded to Professor Stephen Davies for his long and successful record in converting brilliant academic ideas to commercial successes with world impact in the biotech sector.

Professor Davies' achievement will be celebrated at Anniversary Day on 30 November 2021. The prize is given with a medal, a travel grant of £1,500 and gift of £2,000.

Return to this year's Royal Society medal, award and prize winners.

The award

The Royal Society Mullard Award was provided by a gift to the Society by the Board of Directors of Mullard Ltd. The Mullard Award is awarded to those who has an outstanding academic record in any area of natural science, engineering or technology and whose work is currently making or has the prospect to make a contribution to national prosperity in the United Kingdom. The medal is of silver gilt medal, is awarded on the occasion of a suitable candidate being identified by the award's selection committee, and is accompanied by a travel grant of £1,500 and a gift of £2,000.


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

Past winners

Professor Stephen Jackson FMedSci FRS was awarded the Royal Society Mullard Award 2020 for pioneering research on DNA repair mechanisms and synthetic lethality that led to the discovery of olaparib, which has reached blockbuster status for the treatment of ovarian and breast cancers.

Professor Hagan Bayley FRS was awarded the Royal Society Mullard Award 2019 for the invention of stochastic nanosensing, a generalised sequencing method for biopolymers which has delivered ultrarapid, distributable, wide-scale, 'long-read' genome sequencing.

Professor Florin Udrea FREng and Professor Julian Gardner FREng were jointly awarded the Royal Society Mullard Award in 2018 for their work as renowned academics and serial entrepreneurs who together founded and led the most successful Cambridge University spin-off in the physical sciences, active in environmental and air quality sensors.

See full list of all past winners of the Royal Society Mullard Award.

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