Melvyn Bragg FRS

Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society.

Author and Broadcaster

Lord Bragg is a major champion of science in the broadcast media both through presentations of debates in Start the Week on Radio 4 and on television. He has had a huge influence on the public perception of science over the last twenty years and continues to support science as a leading journalist. Recently he has presented In Our Time, a series where he and his expert guests discuss the history of ideas, and explore subjects in culture and science. Lord Bragg is perhaps best known for the London Weekend Television (LWT) arts programme The South Bank Show, which he has written, edited and produced since 1978. Lord Bragg is Chancellor of the University of Leeds. He is also President of the National Campaign for the Arts, President of the mental health charity Mind, president of the National Academy of Writing, Chairman of the Arts Council Literature Panel and a Governor of the London School of Economics. More recently, Lord Bragg has become actively engaged in the Anniversary Campaign for the Royal Society serving on the 2010 Anniversary Programme Board.

Our mission

To recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

Our priorities

  • Promoting science and its benefits
  • Recognising excellence in science
  • Supporting outstanding science
  • Providing scientific advice for policy
  • Fostering international and global cooperation
  • Education and public engagement