Nobel Winners

Since its inception in 1901, numerous Fellows and Honorary Fellows of the Society have been awarded the Nobel Prize. The first two recipients were Honorary Fellows Hendrik A Lorentz and Pieter Zeeman in 1902 for the Nobel Prize in Physics. The Society's first women winner was Honorary Fellow Marie Curie in 1903 for the Nobel Prize in Physics. Marie Curie was the first person to win or share two Nobel Prizes, being awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911.

In 1964, Dorothy Hodgkin became not only the first female Fellow of the Society to win a Nobel Prize (Chemistry) but also the first female member of the University of Cambridge to do so. The Nobel Prize is one of many prestigious awards in the field of science that our members have been awarded and these include; The Copley Medal, The Royal Medal, The Dalton Medal, The Lomonosov Gold Medal, Max Planck Medal, The Goethe Prize, The Dirac Medal, The Eddington Medal, and the Albert Einstein Award to name but a few.

We currently have 47 Nobel Prize winners.

Image:Richard Henderson

Richard Henderson

2017 | Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Honorary Fellow

Image:Roger Penrose

Roger Penrose

2020 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Fellow

Image:Robert G Edwards

Robert G Edwards

2010 | Nobel Prize in Medicine
Fellow

Image:Venki Ramakrishnan

Venki Ramakrishnan

2009 | Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Honorary Fellow

Image:Sydney Brenner

Sydney Brenner

2002 | Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine
Honorary Fellow

Image: John Sulston

John Sulston

2002 | Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Honorary Fellow

Image:Tim Hunt

Tim Hunt

2001 | Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Honorary Fellow

Image:John Ernest Walker

John Ernest Walker

1997 | Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Honorary Fellow

Image:Pierre-Gilles de Gennes

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes

1991 | Nobel Prize for Physics
Honorary Fellow

Image:Subramanyan Chandrasekhar

Subramanyan Chandrasekhar

1983 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Fellow

Image:Aaron Klug

Aaron Klug

1982 | Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Fellow

Image:Abdus Salam

Abdus Salam

1979 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Fellow

Image:Nevill Mott

Nevill Mott

1977 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Fellow

Image:James Meade

James Meade

1977 | Nobel Prize in Economics
Fellow

Image:Antony Hewish

Antony Hewish

1974 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Fellow

Image:Martin Ryle

Martin Ryle

1974 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Fellow

Image:Ronald Norrish

Ronald Norrish

1967 | Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Fellow

Image:George Wald

George Wald

1967 | Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Honorary Fellow

Image:Dorothy Hodgkin

Dorothy Hodgkin

1964 | Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Fellow

Image:Alan Hodgkin

Alan Hodgkin

1963 | Nobel Prize in Medicine
Fellow

Image:Francis Crick

Francis Crick

1962 | Nobel Prize in Medicine
Fellow

Image:John Kendrew

John Kendrew

1962 | Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Fellow

Image:Peter B Medawar

Peter B Medawar

1960 | Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Honorary Fellow

Image:Alexander Todd

Alexander Todd

1957 | Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Fellow

Image:Max Born

Max Born

1954 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Fellow

Image:Archer Martin

Archer Martin

1952 | Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Fellow

Image:John Cockcroft

John Cockcroft

1951 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Fellow

Image:Patrick Blackett

Patrick Blackett

1948 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Fellow

Image:Edward Appleton

Edward Appleton

1947 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Fellow

Image:George Thomson

George Thomson

1937 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Fellow

Image:James Chadwick

James Chadwick

1935 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Fellow

Image:Paul Dirac

Paul Dirac

1933 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Fellow

Image:Edgar Adrian

Edgar Adrian

1932 | Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Fellow

Image:Frederick Hopkins

Frederick Hopkins

1929 | Nobel Prize in Medicine
Fellow

Image:Owen Richardson

Owen Richardson

1928 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Fellow

Image:Arthur Compton

Arthur Compton

1927 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Honorary Fellow

Image:Charles Wilson

Charles Wilson

1927 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Fellow

Image:Francis Aston

Francis Aston

1922 | Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Fellow

Image:Niels Bohr

Niels Bohr

1922 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Honorary Fellow

Image:Jules Bordet

Jules Bordet

1919 | Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Honorary Fellow

Image:Max Planck

Max Planck

1918 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Honorary Fellow

Image:Lawrence Bragg

Lawrence Bragg

1915 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Fellow

Image:Ernest Rutherford

Ernest Rutherford

1908 | Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Fellow

Image:J. J. Thomson

J. J. Thomson

1906 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Fellow

Image:Lord Rayleigh

Lord Rayleigh

1904 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Fellow

Image:Marie Curie

Marie Curie

1903 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Honorary Fellow

Image:Pieter Zeeman

Pieter Zeeman

1902 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Honorary Fellow

Image:Hendrik A Lorentz

Hendrik A Lorentz

1902 | Nobel Prize in Physics
Honorary Fellow

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The Milky Way Galaxy - from beginning to end - Professor Gerry Gilmore - Larmor Lecture

Professor Gerry Gilmore

  • 18:30 - 19:30 Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre

What we call the Milky Way, our Galaxy, has been the focus of myth, story and study in every society with a recorded history for millennia. Understanding its structure defeated Isaac Newton. One hundred years ago it was realized that the Milky Way is just one amongst a Universe of galaxies. With electronics, digital systems, and spacecraft we have learned how to measure the structure and assembly history of the Milky Way Galaxy over its 13 billion year history, even identifying ancient stars from the earliest proto-structures to form. We quantify the formation of the chemical elements over time and their distribution in space. We use dynamics to weigh the unseen. We can calculate the future of the Milky Way until it ends its existence as an isolated Galaxy, merging with Andromeda some 5 billion years from now, and the death of the Sun a few billion years after that. This lecture will tell that story. 

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Banks, Bunkers, and Backup: Securing Crop Diversity from the Cold War through the Internet Age

Professor Helen Anne Curry

  • 18:30 - 19:30 Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre

Present-day efforts to preserve endangered crop varieties emphasize "safety duplication"—a strategy better known as backup—as an essential step in conservation. Important collections of seeds or other plant genetic materials are copied, in whole or part, and sent to physically distant sites to provide security in the case of local disaster. This talk traces the history of seed banking to understand how, why and with what consequences copying collections came to occupy this central place. The intertwined histories of the central long-term seed storage facility of the United States (opened in 1958) and the international seed conservation system developed in the 1970s reveal how changing conceptions of security, linked to changing economic, political and technological circumstances, transformed both the guiding metaphors and the practices of seed conservation. Seed banking gave way to seed backup: whereas early long-term cold storage facilities vested security in robust infrastructures and the capacities of professional staff, between the 1960s and 1990s, this configuration gave way to one in which security was situated in copies rather than capacities. This history ultimately raises questions about the security promised and achieved through present-day infrastructures for crop genetic resources conservation.

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