Copley Medal

The Copley Medal is an award given by the Royal Society, for "outstanding achievements in research in any branch of science." It alternates between the physical and the biological sciences.[1] Given every year, the medal is the oldest Royal Society medal awarded and the oldest surviving scientific award in the world,[2] having first been given in 1731 to Stephen Gray, for "his new Electrical Experiments: – as an encouragement to him for the readiness he has always shown in obliging the Society with his discoveries and improvements in this part of Natural Knowledge".[3]

Royal Society Copley Medal
Joseph Lister, Copley Medal (gold), 1902 Wellcome M0007837
The Copley Medal awarded to Joseph Lister in 1902.
Awarded forOutstanding research in any branch of science
Sponsored byRoyal Society
CountryUnited Kingdom
First awarded1731
WebsiteCopley Medal

History

The medal was created following a donation of £100 to be used for carrying out experiments by Sir Godfrey Copley, for which the interest on the amount was used for several years.[4] The conditions for the medal have been changed several times; in 1736, it was suggested that "a medal or other honorary prize should be bestowed on the person whose experiment should be best approved", and this remained the rule until 1831, when the conditions were changed so that the medal would be awarded to the researcher that the Royal Society Council decided most deserved it.[4] A second donation of £1666 13s. 4d. was made by Sir Joseph William Copley in 1881, and the interest from that amount is used to pay for the medal.[4] The medal in its current format is made of silver-gilt and awarded with a £25,000 prize.[1]

Since its inception, it has been awarded to many notable scientists, including 52 winners of the Nobel Prize: 17 in Physics, 21 in Physiology or Medicine, and 14 in Chemistry. John Theophilus Desaguliers has won the medal the most often, winning three times, in 1734, 1736 and 1741. In 1976, Dorothy Hodgkin became the first and, as of 2018, the only female recipient.

Medal recipients

Year Image Name Rationale Notes
1731 No image Stephen Gray "For his new Electrical Experiments: – as an encouragement to him for the readiness he has always shown in obliging the Society with his discoveries and improvements in this part of Natural Knowledge" [5]
1732 No image Stephen Gray "For the Experiments he made for the year 1732" [5]
1733 No image No Award
1734 John Theophilus Desaguliers John Theophilus Desaguliers "In consideration of his several Experiments performed before the Society" [6]
1735 No image No Award
1736 John Theophilus Desaguliers John Theophilus Desaguliers "For his experiments made during the year" [6]
1737 Belchier John 1706-1785 John Belchier "For his Experiment to show the property of a Diet of Madder Root in dyeing the Bones of living animals of a red colour" [7]
1738 No image James Valoue "For his invention of an Engine for driving the Piles to make a Foundation for the Bridge to be erected at Westminster, the Model whereof had been shown to the Society"
1739 Stephen Hales Stephen Hales "For his Experiments towards the Discovery of Medicines for dissolving the Stone; and Preservatives for keeping Meat in long voyages at Sea" [8]
1740 No image Alexander Stuart "For his Lectures on Muscular Motion. As a further addition for his services to the Society in the care and pains he has taken therein" [9]
1741 John Theophilus Desaguliers John Theophilus Desaguliers "For his Experiments towards the discovery of the properties of Electricity. As an addition to his allowance (as Curator) for the present year." [6]
1742 No image Christopher Middleton "For the communication of his Observations in the attempt of discovering a North-West passage to the East Indies through Hudsons Bay" [10]
1743 Abraham Trembley Abraham Trembley "For his Experiments on the Polypus"
1744 HenryBaker16981774 Henry Baker "For his curious Experiments relating to the Crystallization or Configuration of the minute particles of Saline Bodies dissolved in a menstruum" [11]
1745 William Watson William Watson "On account of the surprising discoveries in the phenomena of Electricity, exhibited in his late Experiments" [12]
1746 No image Benjamin Robins "On account of his curious Experiments for showing the resistance of the Air, and his rules for establishing his doctrine thereon for the motion of Projectiles" [13]
1747 Gowin Knight from Science & Society 10198868 Gowin Knight "On account of several very curious Experiments exhibited by him, both with Natural and Artificial Magnets" [14]
1748 James Bradley by Thomas Hudson James Bradley "On account of his very curious and wonderful discoveries in the apparent motion of the Fixed Stars, and the causes of such apparent motion" [15]
1749 John Harrison Uhrmacher John Harrison "On account of those very curious Instruments, invented and made by him, for the exact mensuration of Time" [16]
1750 Edwards George 1693 1773 George Edwards "On account of a very curious Book lately published by him, and intiyled, A Natural History of Birds, &c. – containing the Figures elegantly drawn, and illuminated in their proper colours, of 209 different Birds, and about 20 very rare Quadrupeds, Serpents, Fishes, and Insects." [17]
1751 John Canton from NPG John Canton "On account of his communicating to the Society, and exhibiting before them, his curious method of making Artificial Magnets without the use of Natural ones" [18]
1752 John Pringle John Pringle "On account of his very curious and useful Experiments and Observations on Septic and Anti-septic Substances, communicated to the Society" [19]
1753 BenFranklinDuplessis Benjamin Franklin "On account of his curious Experiments and Observations on Electricity" [20]
1754 No image William Lewis "For the many Experiments made by him on Platina, which tend to the discovery of the sophistication of gold: – which he would have entirely completed, but was obliged to put a stop to his further enquiries for want of materials" [21]
1755 John Huxham1 John Huxham "For his many useful Experiments on Antimony, of which an account had been read to the Society" [22]
1756 No image No Award
1757 No image Lord Charles Cavendish "On account of his very curious and useful invention of making Thermometers, showing respectively the greatest degrees of heat and cold which have happened at any time during the absence of the observer" [14]
1758 John Dollond, by Benjamin Wilson John Dollond "On account of his curious Experiments and Discoveries concerning the different refrangibility of the Rays of Light, communicated to the Society" [23]
1759 John Smeaton John Smeaton "On account of his curious Experiments concerning Water-wheels and Wind-mill Sails, communicated to the Society. For his experimental enquiry concerning the powers of water and wind in the moving of Mills" [24]
1760 Benjamin Wilson, by Benjamin Wilson Benjamin Wilson "For his many curious Experiments in Electricity, communicated to the Society within the year" [25]
1761 No image No Award
1762 No image No Award
1763 No image No Award
1764 John Canton from NPG John Canton "For his very ingenious and elegant Experiments in the Air Pump and Condensing Engine, to prove the Compressibility of Water, and some other Fluids" [18]
1765 No image No Award
1766 Cavendish Henry signature William Brownrigg,

Edward Delaval and

Henry Cavendish

"For an experimental enquiry into the Mineral Elastic Spirit, or Air, contained in Spa-Water; as well as into the Mephitic qualities of this Spirit. (Brownrigg)"

"For his Experiments and Observations on the agreement between the specific gravities of the several Metals, and their colours when united to glass, as well as those of their other preparations. (Delaval)"

"For his Paper communicated this present year, containing his Experiments relating to Fixed Air. (Cavendish)"

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1767 No image John Ellis "For his Papers of the year 1767, On the animal nature of the Genus of Zoophytes called Corallina, and the Actinia Sociata, or Clustered Animal Flower, lately found on the sea coasts of the new-ceded Islands" [27]
1768 No image Peter Woulfe "For his Experiments on the Distillation of Acids, Volatile Alkalies, and other substances" [28]
1769 William Hewson b1739 William Hewson "For his Two Papers, entitled, An Account of the Lymphatic System in Amphibious Animals, – and An Account of the Lymphatic System in Fish"
1770 Sir William Hamilton by David Allan William Hamilton "For his Paper, entitled, An Account of a Journey to Mount Etna" [29]
1771 No image Matthew Raper "For his paper entitled, An Enquiry into the value of ancient Greek and Roman Money"
1772 Priestley Joseph Priestley "On account of the many curious and useful Experiments contained in his observations"
1773 No image John Walsh "For his Paper on the Torpedo" [30]
1774 No image No Award
1775 Maskelyne Nevil Nevil Maskelyne "In consideration of his curious and laborious Observations on the Attraction of Mountains, made in Scotland, – on Schehallien" [31]
1776 Captainjamescookportrait James Cook "For his Paper, giving an account of the method he had taken to preserve the health of the crew of H.M. Ship the Resolution, during her late voyage round the world. Whose communication to the Society was of such importance to the public" [32]
1777 J.Mudge John Mudge "On account of his valuable Paper containing directions for making the best Composition for the metals of Reflecting Telescopes; together with a description of the process for grinding, polishing, and giving the best speculum the true parabolic form"
1778 Charles Hutton Charles Hutton "For his paper, entitled, The force of Fired Gunpowder, and the initial velocity of Cannon Balls, determined by Experiments" [33]
1779 No image No Award
1780 Samuel-Vince Samuel Vince "For his paper, entitled, An investigation of the Principles of Progressive and Rotatory Motion, printed in the Philosophical Transactions" [34]
1781 William Herschel01 William Herschel "For the Communication of his Discovery of a new and singular Star; a discovery which does him particular honour, as, in all probability, this star has been for many years, perhaps ages, within the bounds of astronomic vision, and yet till now, eluded the most diligent researches of other observers" [35]
1782 Kirwan Richard portrait Richard Kirwan "As a reward for the merit of his labours in the science of Chemistry. For his chemical analyses of Salts" [34]
1783 Goodricke John John Goodricke and Thomas Hutchins "For his discovery of the Period of the Variation of Light in the Star Algol. (Goodricke)"

"For his Experiments to ascertain the point of Mercurial Congelation. (Hutchins)"

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1784 Edwardwaring Edward Waring "For his Mathematical Communications to the Society. For his Paper On the Summation of Series, whose general term is a determinate function of z the distance from the first term of the series" [36]
1785 No image William Roy "For his Measurement of a Base on Hounslow Heath" [37]
1786 No image No Award
1787 John Hunter by John Jackson John Hunter "For his three Papers, – On the Ovaria, On the identity of the dog, wolf, and jackall species, and On the anatomy of Whales, printed in the Philosophical Transactions for 1787" [38]
1788 Blagden Charles Charles Blagden "For his two Papers on Congelation, printed in the last (78th) volume of the Philosophical transactions" [39]
1789 Thomas Lawrence - Portrait of William Morgan (1750-1833) William Morgan "For his two Papers on the values of Reversions and Survivorships, printed in the two last volumes of the Philosophical Transactions" [40]
1790 No image No Award
1791 James Rennel
Jean-André Deluc
James Rennell and

Jean-André Deluc

"For his Paper on the Rate of Travelling as performed by Camels, printed in the last (81st) volume of the Philosophical Transactions. (Rennell)"

"For his Improvements in Hygrometry. (De Luc)"

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1792 Benjamin Thompson Benjamin Thompson "For his various Papers on the Properties and Communication of Heat" [42]
1793 No image No Award
1794 Volta A Alessandro Volta "For his several Communications explanatory of certain Experiments published by Professor Galvani" [41]
1795 Jesse.Ramsden Jesse Ramsden "For his various inventions and improvements in the construction of the Instruments for the Trigonometrical measurements carried on by the late Major General Roy, and by Lieut. Col. Williams and his associates" [43]
1796 No image George Atwood "For his Paper on the construction and analysis of geometrical propositions determining the positions assumed by homogeneal bodies which float freely, and at rest; and also determining the Stability of Ships and other floating bodies" [44]
1797 No image No Award
1798 Charles Hatchett 2 George Shuckburgh-Evelyn and

Charles Hatchett

"For his various Communications printed in the Philosophical Transactions. (Evelyn)"

"For his Chemical Communications printed in the Philosophical Transactions. (Hatchett)"

[45]
1799 No image John Hellins "For his improved Solution of a problem in Physical Astronomy, &c. printed in the Philosophical Transactions for the year 1798; and his other Mathematical Papers" [46]
1800 Edward Charles Howard "For his Paper on a New Fulminating Mercury" [47]
1801 Astley Paston Cooper 4 Astley Cooper "For his Papers – on the effects which take place from the destruction of the Membrana Tympani of the Ear; with an account of an operation for the removal of a particular species of Deafness" [48]
1802 Wollaston William Hyde Jackson color William Hyde Wollaston "For his various Papers printed in the Philosophical Transactions" [49]
1803 Chenevix Richard Richard Chenevix "For his various Chemical Papers printed in the Philosophical Transactions" [50]
1804 No image Smithson Tennant "For his various Chemical Discoveries communicated to the Society, and printed in several volumes of the Philosophical Transactions" [51]
1805 Sir Humphry Davy, Bt by Thomas Phillips Humphry Davy "For his various Communications published in the Philosophical Transactions" [52]
1806 Thomas Andrew Knight (1758–1838) Thomas Andrew Knight "For his various Papers on Vegetation, printed in the Philosophical Transactions" [53]
1807 Sir Everard Home 1756–1832 Everard Home "For his various Papers on Anatomy and Physiology, printed in the Philosophical Transactions"
1808 William Henry William Henry "For his various papers communicated to the society, and printed in the Philosophical Transactions"
1809 Edward Troughton.jpeg Edward Troughton "For the Account of his Method of dividing Astronomical Instruments, printed in the last volume of the Philosophical Transactions" [54]
1810 No image No Award
1811 Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie, 1st Bt 1856 Benjamin Collins Brodie "For his Papers printed in the Philosophical Transactions. On the influence of the Brain on the action of the Heart, and the generation of Animal Heat; and on the different modes in which death is brought on by certain Vegetable Poisons" [55]
1812 No image No Award
1813 William Thomas Brande 1855 William Thomas Brande "For his Communications concerning the Alcohol contained in Fermented Liquors and other Papers, printed in the Philosophical Transactions"
1814 No image James Ivory "For his various Mathematical Contributions printed in the Philosophical Transactions" [56]
1815 David-Brewster David Brewster "For his Paper on the Polarization of Light by Reflection from Transparent Bodies" [57]
1816 No image No Award
1817 Henry Kater00 Henry Kater "For his Experiments on the Pendulum" [58]
1818 Robert Seppings (1767-1840), by William Bradley Robert Seppings "For his Papers on the construction of Ships of War, printed in the Philosophical Transactions"
1819 No image No Award
1820 Hans Christian Ørsted daguerreotype Hans Christian Ørsted "For his Electro-magnetic Discoveries" [59]
1821 Edward Sabine 1860s
Julia Margaret Cameron - John Herschel (Metropolitan Museum of Art copy, restored) levels
Edward Sabine and

John Herschel

"For his various Communications to the Royal Society relating to his researches made in the late Expedition to the Arctic Regions. (Sabine)"

"For his Papers printed in the Philosophical Transactions. (Herschel)"

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1822 William Buckland c1845 William Buckland "For his Paper on the Fossil Teeth and Bones discovered in a Cave at Kirkdale" [61]
1823 No image John Pond "For his various Communications to the Royal Society"
1824 No image John Brinkley "For his various Communications to the Royal Society" [62]
1825 Arago Francois portrait
Peter Barlow(math)
François Arago and Peter Barlow "For the Discovery of the Magnetic Properties of substances not containing Iron. For the Discovery of the power of various bodies, principally metallic, to receive magnetic impressions, in the same, though in a more evanescent manner than malleable Iron, and in an infinitely less intense degree. (Arago)"

"For his various Communications on the subject of Magnetism. (Barlow)"

[63]
1826 No image James South "For his observations of Double Stars, and his Paper on the Discordances between the Suns observed and computed Right Ascensions, published in the Transactions of the Society. For his Paper of Observations of the Apparent Distances and Positions of Four Hundred and Fifty-eight Double and Triple Stars, published in the present volume (1826, Part 1.) of the Transactions" [64]
1827 Prout William painting William Prout and

Henry Foster

"For his Paper entitled, On the ultimate Composition of simple alimentary substances, with some preliminary remarks on the analysis of organized bodies in general. (Prout)"

"For his magnetic and other observations made during the Arctic expedition to Port Bowen. (Foster)"

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1828 No image No Award
1829 No image No Award
1830 No image No Award
1831 George Biddell Airy George Biddell Airy "For his Papers, On the principle of the construction of the Achromatic Eye-pieces of Telescopes, – On the Spherical Aberration of the Eye-pieces of Telescopes, and for other Papers on Optical Subjects in the Transactions of the Cambridge Philosophical Society" [66]
1832 Faraday-Millikan-Gale-1913
Simeon Poisson
Michael Faraday and Siméon Denis Poisson "For his discovery of Magneto-Electricity as detailed in his Experimental Researches in Electricity, published in the Philosophical Transactions for the present year. (Faraday)"

"For his work entitled, Nouvelle Theorie de lAction Capillaire. (Poisson)"

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1833 No image No Award
1834 Giovanni Plana Giovanni Antonio Amedeo Plana "For his work entitled, Theorie du Mouvement de la Lune" [68]
1835 No image William Snow Harris "For his experimental investigations of the force of electricity of high intensity contained in the Philosophical Transactions of 1834" [52]
1836 Jöns Jacob Berzelius Jöns Jacob Berzelius and Francis Kiernan "For his systematic application of the doctrine of definite proportions to the analysis of mineral bodies, as contained in his Nouveau Systeme de Mineralogie, and in other of his works. (Berzelius)"

"For his discoveries relating to the structure of the liver, as detailed in his paper communicated to the Royal Society, and published in the Philosophical Transactions for 1833. (Kiernan)"

1837 Antoine Becquerel 2
Daniell chemist b
Antoine César Becquerel and

John Frederic Daniell

"For his various memoirs on the subject of electricity, published in the Memoires deacademie Royale des Sciences de lInstitut de France, and particularly for those on the production of crystals of metallic sulphurets and of sulphur, by the long-continued action of electricity of very low tension, and published in the tenth volume of those Memoires. (Becquerel)"

"For his two papers on voltaic combinations published in the Philosophical Transactions for 1836. (Daniell)"

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1838 Carl Friedrich Gauss
Faraday-Millikan-Gale-1913
Carl Friedrich Gauss

and Michael Faraday

"For his inventions and mathematical researches in magnetism. (Gauss)"

"For his researches in specific electrical induction. (Faraday)"

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1839 Robert Brown (botanist) Robert Brown "For his discoveries during a series of years, on the subject of vegetable impregnation" [71]
1840 Justus von Liebig NIH
Charles Sturm.jpeg
Justus von Liebig and

Jacques Charles François Sturm

"For his discoveries in organic chemistry, and particularly for his development of the composition and theory of organic radicals. (Liebig)"

"For his "Memoire sur la Resolution des Equations Numeriques," published in the Memoires des Savans Etrangers for 1835. (Sturm)"

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1841 Georg Simon Ohm3 Georg Ohm "For his researches into the laws of electric currents contained in various memoirs published in Schweiggers Journal, Poggendorffs Annalen and in a separate work entitled Die galvanische Kette mathematisch bearbeitet" [74]
1842 James MacCullagh James MacCullagh "For his researches connected with the wave theory of light, contained in the Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy" [75]
1843 Jean Baptiste André Dumas Jean-Baptiste Dumas "For his late valuable researches in organic chemistry, particularly those contained in a series of memoirs on chemical types and the doctrine of substitution, and also for his elaborate investigations of the atomic weights of carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen and other elements"
1844 Carlo Matteucci.jpeg Carlo Matteucci "For his various researches in animal electricity" [76]
1845 Theodor Schwann Litho Theodor Schwann "For his physiological researches on the development of animal & vegetable textures, published in his work entitled Mikroskopische Untersuchungen uber die Uebereinstimmung in der Struktur u. dem Wachsthun der Thiese u. Pflanzen"
1846 Urbain Le Verrier Urbain Le Verrier "For his investigations relative to the disturbances of Uranus by which he proved the existence and predicted the place of the new Planet; the Council considering such prediction confirmed as it was by the immediate discovery of the Planet to be one of the proudest triumphs of modern analysis applied to the Newtonian Theory of Gravitation" [77]
1847 Julia Margaret Cameron - John Herschel (Metropolitan Museum of Art copy, restored) John Herschel "For his work entitled Results of Astronomical Observations made during the years 1834, 1835, 1836, 1837 and 1838, at the Cape of Good Hope; being a completion of a telescopic survey of the whole surface of the visible heavens, commenced in 1825" [60]
1848 John Couch Adams John Couch Adams "For his investigations relative to the disturbances of Uranus, and for his application of the inverse problem of perturbations thereto" [78]
1849 Murchison Roderick Roderick Murchison "For the eminent services he has rendered to geological science during many years of active observation in several parts of Europe; and especially for the establishment of that classification of the older Palaeozoic deposits designated the Silurian System, as set forth in the two works entitled The Silurian System founded on Geological Researches in England, and The Geology of Russia in Europe and the Ural Mountains"
1850 P.A.Hansen Peter Andreas Hansen "For his researches in physical astronomy" [52]
1851 Richard-owen2 Richard Owen "On account of his important discoveries in comparative anatomy & palaeontology, contained in the Philosophical Transactions and numerous other works" [79]
1852 AvHumboldt Alexander von Humboldt "For his eminent services in terrestrial physics, during a series of years" [80]
1853 Heinrich Wilhelm Dove 1857 Heinrich Wilhelm Dove "For his work on the distribution of heat over the surface of the Earth"
1854 Johannes Peter Müller Johannes Peter Müller "For his important contributions to different branches of physiology and comparative anatomy, and particularly for his researches on the embryology of the Echinodermata, contained in a series of memoirs published in the Transactions of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Berlin" [81]
1855 Foucault Léon Foucault "For his various researches in experimental physics" [52]
1856 Henri Milne-Edwards Henri Milne-Edwards "For his researches in comparative anatomy and zoology"
1857 Michel Eugène Chevreul 2 Michel Eugène Chevreul "For his researches in organic chemistry, particularly on the composition of the fats, and for his researches on the contrast of coulours" [52]
1858 Charles Lyell00 Charles Lyell "For his various researches and writings by which he has contributed to the advance of geology" [52]
1859 Wilhelm Eduard Weber II Wilhelm Eduard Weber "For the investigations contained in his Maasbestimmungen and other researches in electricity, magnetism, acoustics" [82]
1860 Robert Bunsen 02 Robert Bunsen "For his researches on cacodyls, gaseous analysis, the Voltaire phenomena of Iceland; and other researches" [52]
1861 Louis Agassiz H6 Louis Agassiz "For his eminent researches in palaeontology and other branches of science, and particularly for his great works the Poissons Fossiles, and his Poissons du Vieux Gres Rouge dEcosse" [52]
1862 Thomas Graham by Maull & Polybank, 1856 Thomas Graham "For three memoirs of the diffusion of liquids, published in the Philosophical Transactions for 1850 and 1851; for a memoir on osmotic force in the Philosophical Transactions for 1854; and particularly for a paper on liquid diffusion applied to analysis, including a distinction of compounds into colloids & crystalloids published in the Philosophical Transactions for 1861" [83]
1863 Adam Sedgwick Adam Sedgwick "For his original observations and discoveries in the geology of the Palaeozoic Series of rocks, and more especially for his determination of the characters of the Devonian System, by observations of the order of superposition of the Killas rocks & their fossils in Devonshire" [84]
1864 Charles Darwin seated crop Charles Darwin "For his important researches in geology, zoology, and botanical physiology" [52]
1865 Michel Chasles Michel Chasles "For his historical and original researches in pure geometry" [85]
1866 Julius Plücker Julius Plücker "For his researches in analytical geometry, magnetism, & spectral analysis" [86]
1867 Voyages de la Commission scientifique du Nord, en Scandinavie, en Laponie, au Spitzberg et aux Feröe - no-nb digibok 2009040211001-118 Karl Ernst von Baer "For his discoveries in embryology and comparative anatomy, and for his contributions to the philosophy of zoology" [52]
1868 Wheatstone Charles drawing 1868 Charles Wheatstone "For his researches in acoustics, optics, electricity and magnetism" [52]
1869 Henri Victor Regnault Henri Victor Regnault "For the second volume of his Relation des Experiences pour determiner les lois et les donnees physiques necessaires au calcul des machines a feu, including his elaborate investigations on the specific heat of gases and vapours, and various papers on the elastic force of vapours" [52]
1870 Joule James sitting James Prescott Joule "For his experimental researches on the dynamical theory of heat" [52]
1871 Julius Robert Mayer von Friedrich Berrer Julius von Mayer "For his researches on the mechanics of heat; including essays on: – 1. The force of inorganic nature. 2. Organic motion in connection with nutrition. 3. Fever. 4. Celestial dynamics. 5. The mechanical equivalent of heat" [52]
1872 Friedrich Wöhler Stich Friedrich Wöhler "For his numerous contributions to the science of chemistry, and more especially for his researches on the products of the decomposition of cyanogens by ammonia; on the derivatives of uric acid; on the benzoyl series; on boron, silicon, & their compounds; and on meteoric stones" [52]
1873 Hermann von Helmholtz Hermann von Helmholtz "For his researches in physics and physiology" [87]
1874 Louis Pasteur, foto av Paul Nadar, Crisco edit Louis Pasteur "For his researches on fermentation and on pelerine" [52]
1875 Hoffman August Wilhelm von August Wilhelm von Hofmann "For his numerous contributions to the science of chemistry, and especially for his researches on the derivatives of ammonia" [88]
1876 Claude Bernard Claude Bernard "For his numerous contributions to the science of physiology" [52]
1877 James Dwight Dana by Warren, 1865 James Dwight Dana "For his biological, geological, and mineralogical investigations, carried on through half a century, and for the valuable works in which his conclusions and discoveries have been published" [52]
1878 Jean Baptiste JD Boussingault Jean-Baptiste Boussingault "For his long-continued and important researches and discoveries in agricultural chemistry" [89]
1879 Clausius Rudolf Clausius "For his well-known researches upon heat" [90]
1880 James Joseph Sylvester James Joseph Sylvester "For his long continued investigations & discoveries in mathematics" [91]
1881 Charles-Adolphe Wurtz Charles-Adolphe Wurtz "For his discovery of the organic ammonias, the glycols, and other investigations which have exercised considerable influence on the progress of chemistry"
1882 Arthur Cayley Arthur Cayley "For his numerous profound and comprehensive researches in pure mathematics" [92]
1883 Lord Kelvin photograph William Thomson "For (1) his discovery of the law of the universal dissipation of energy; (2) his researches and eminent services in physics, both experimental & mathematical, especially in the theory of electricity and thermodynamics" [93]
1884 Carl Wilhelm Friedrich Ludwig Carl Ludwig "For his investigations in physiology, and the great services which he has rendered to physiological science"
1885 Frkekulé August Kekulé "For his researches in organic chemistry" [52]
1886 Franz Ernst Neumann by Carl Steffeck 1886 Franz Ernst Neumann "For his researches in theoretical optics and electro-dynamics" [94]
1887 Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker Joseph Dalton Hooker "For his services to botanical science as an investigator, author, and traveller" [52]
1888 T.H.Huxley(Woodburytype) Thomas Henry Huxley "For his investigations on the morphology and histology of vertebrate and invertebrate animals, and for his services to biological science in general during many past years" [52]
1889 GeorgeSalmon(1819-1904) George Salmon "For his various papers on subjects of pure mathematics, and for the valuable mathematical treatises of which he is the author" [95]
1890 Simon Newcomb 01 Simon Newcomb "For his contributions to the progress of gravitational astronomy" [96]
1891 Cannizzaro Stanislao Stanislao Cannizzaro "For his contributions to chemical philosophy especially for his application of Avogadros theory" [52]
1892 Rudolf Virchow NLM3 Rudolf Virchow "For his investigations in pathology, pathological anatomy, and prehistoric archaeology" [52]
1893 Ggstokes George Stokes "For his researches and discoveries in physical science" [97]
1894 Frankland Edward 26 Edward Frankland "For his eminent services to theoretical & applied chemistry" [98]
1895 Karl Weierstrass Karl Weierstrass "For his investigations in pure mathematics" [99]
1896 Gegenbaur Karl Gegenbaur "For his life-long researches in comparative anatomy in all branches of the animal kingdom. etc., etc"
1897 Kolliker2 Albert von Kölliker "In recognition of his important work in embryology, comparative anatomy, and physiology, and especially for his eminence as a histologist"
1898 Sir William Huggins by John Collier William Huggins "For his researches in spectrum analysis applied to the heavenly bodies" [52]
1899 John William Strutt Lord Rayleigh "In recognition of his contributions to physical science" [100]
1900 Marcellin Berthelot Marcellin Berthelot "For his brilliant services to chemical science" [52]
1901 Josiah Willard Gibbs -from MMS- Josiah Willard Gibbs "For his contributions to mathematical physics" [101]
1902 Joseph Lister 1902 Joseph Lister "In recognition of the value of his physiological and pathological researches in regard to their influence on the modern practice of surgery" [102]
1903 Eduard Sueß Eduard Suess "For his eminent geological services, & especially for the original researches & conclusions published in his great work 'Das Antlitz der Erde'" [102]
1904 PSM V10 D660 William Crookes William Crookes "For his long-continued researches in spectroscopic chemistry, on electrical & mechanical phenomena in highly-rarefied gases, on radio-active phenomena, and other subjects" [102]
1905 DIMendeleevCab Dmitri Mendeleev "For his contributions to chemical and physical science" [102]
1906 Ilya Mechnikov nobel Élie Metchnikoff "On the ground of the importance of his work in zoology and in pathology" [102]
1907 Albert Abraham Michelson2 Albert Abraham Michelson "On the ground of his investigations in optics" [102]
1908 Alfred-Russel-Wallace-c1895 Alfred Russel Wallace "On the ground of the great value of his numerous contributions to natural history, and of the part he took in working out the theory of the origin of species by natural selection" [102]
1909 Hill1905 George William Hill "On the ground of his researches in mathematical astronomy" [102]
1910 Francis Galton 1850s Francis Galton "On the ground of his researches in heredity" [102]
1911 George Darwin sepia tone George Darwin "On the ground of his researches on tidal theory, the figures of the planets, and allied subjects" [102]
1912 Felix Klein.jpeg Felix Klein "On the ground of his researches in mathematics" [103]
1913 Ray Lankester Ray Lankester "On the ground of the high scientific value of the researches in zoology carried out by him" [104]
1914 J.J Thomson Joseph John Thomson "On the ground of his discoveries in physical science" [102]
1915 Ivan Pavlov NLM3 Ivan Pavlov "On the ground of his investigations in the physiology of digestion and of the higher centres of the nervous system" [102]
1916 James Dewar James Dewar "For his important investigations in physical chemistry, more especially his researches on the liquefaction of gases" [102]
1917 Pierre Paul Émile Roux 2 Pierre Paul Émile Roux "On the ground of his eminence as a bacteriologist, and as a pioneer in serum therapy" [105]
1918 Hendrik Antoon Lorentz Hendrik Lorentz "On the ground of his distinguished researches in mathematical physics" [102]
1919 WilliamBayliss1 William Bayliss "On the ground of his researches in general physiology & biophysics" [102]
1920 Horace Tabberer Brown c1889 Horace Tabberer Brown "On the ground of his work on the chemistry of carbohydrates, &c" [106]
1921 No image Joseph Larmor "For his researches in mathematical physics" [107]
1922 Sir Ernest Rutherford Ernest Rutherford "For his researches in radio activity & atomic structure" [102]
1923 Lamb Horace bw Horace Lamb "For his researches in mathematical physics" [108]
1924 PSM V79 D521 Edward Albert Sharpey-Schafer Edward Albert Sharpey-Schafer "For the valuable work he has done in physiology and histology and the position he now occupies as a leader in these sciences"
1925 Einstein 1921 by F Schmutzer - restoration Albert Einstein "For his theory of relativity and his contributions to the quantum theory" [102]
1926 Frederick Gowland Hopkins nobel Frederick Gowland Hopkins "For his distinguished and fruitful work in biochemistry" [109]
1927 Prof. Charles Scott Sherrington Charles Scott Sherrington "For his distinguished work on neurology" [110]
1928 Charles Algernon Parsons Charles Algernon Parsons "For his contributions to engineering science"
1929 Max Planck 1933 Max Planck "For his contributions to theoretical physics and especially as the originator of the quantum theory" [111]
1930 Wh-bragg William Henry Bragg "For his distinguished contributions to crystallography and radioactivity" [112]
1931 Schuster Arthur signature Arthur Schuster "For his distinguished researches in optics and terrestrial magnetism" [113]
1932 Portrait of George Ellery Hale George Ellery Hale "For his distinguished work on the solar magnetic phenomena and for his eminence as a scientific engineer, especially in connexion with Mount Wilson Observatory" [114]
1933 Theobald Smith 2 Theobald Smith "For his original research and observation on diseases of animals and man" [115]
1934 John Scott Haldane 1910 John Scott Haldane "In recognition of his discoveries in human physiology and of their application to medicine, mining, diving and engineering" [116]
1935 CTR Wilson Charles Thomson Rees Wilson "For his work on the use of clouds in advancing our knowledge of atoms and their properties" [117]
1936 SirArthurEvans Arthur Evans "In recognition of his pioneer work in Crete, particularly his contributions to the history and civilization of its Minoan age" [118]
1937 Henry Dale nobel Henry Dale "In recognition of his important contributions to physiology and pharmacology, particularly in relation to the nervous and neuro-muscular systems" [119]
1938 Niels Bohr Niels Bohr "In recognition of his distinguished work in the development of the quantum theory of atomic structure" [120]
1939 Thomas Hunt Morgan Thomas Hunt Morgan "For his establishment of the modern science of genetics which had revolutionized our understanding, not only of heredity, but of the mechanism and nature of evolution" [121]
1940 Langevin Paul Langevin "For his pioneer work on the electron theory of magnetism, his fundamental contributions to discharge of electricity in gases, and his important work in many branches of theoretical physics" [122]
1941 Thomas Lewis (cardiologist) Thomas Lewis "For his clinical and experimental investigations upon the mammalian heart" [123]
1942 Robert Robinson organic chemist Robert Robinson "For his research work of outstanding originality and brilliance which has influenced the whole field of organic chemistry" [124]
1943 Joseph Barcroft c1940 Joseph Barcroft "For his distinguished work on respiration and the respiratory function of the blood" [125]
1944 G. I. Taylor "For his many contributions to aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, and the structure of metals, which have had a profound influence on the advance of physical science and its applications" [126]
1945 Oswald T. Avery portrait 1937 Oswald Avery "For his success in introducing chemical methods in the study of immunity against infective diseases" [127]
1946 Edgar Douglas Adrian nobel Edgar Adrian "For his distinguished researches on the fundamental nature of nervous activity, and recently on the localization of certain nervous functions" [128]
1947 Ghhardy@72 G. H. Hardy "For his distinguished part in the development of mathematical analysis in England during the last thirty years" [129]
1948 Archibald Vivian Hill Archibald Hill "For his distinguished researches on myothermal problems and on biophysical phenomena in nerve and other tissues" [130]
1949 George de Hevesy George de Hevesy "For his distinguished work on the chemistry of radioactive elements and especially for his development of the radioactive tracer techniques in the investigation of biological processes" [131]
1950 James Chadwick James Chadwick "For his outstanding work in nuclear physics and in the development of atomic energy, especially for his discovery of the neutron" [132]
1951 David Keilin 1931 David Keilin "For his fundamental researches in the fields of protozoology, entomology and the biochemistry of enzymes" [133]
1952 Dirac 4 Paul Dirac "In recognition of his remarkable contributions to relativistic dynamics of a particle in quantum mechanics" [134]
1953 Dr. A.J. Kluyver, 1921 Albert Kluyver "For his distinguished contributions of a fundamental character to the science of microbiology"
1954 E. T. Whittaker "For his distinguished contributions to both pure and applied mathematics and to theoretical physics" [135]
1955 Ronald Fisher "In recognition of his numerous and distinguished contributions to developing the theory and application of statistics for making quantitative a vast field of biology" [136]
1956 Blackett-large Patrick Blackett "In recognition of his outstanding studies of cosmic ray showers and heavy mesons and in the field of palaeomagnetism"
1957 Howard Walter Florey 1945 Howard Florey "In recognition of his distinguished contributions to experimental pathology and medicine" [137]
1958 No image John Edensor Littlewood "In recognition of his distinguished contributions to many branches of analysis, including Tauberian theory, the Riemann zeta function, and non-linear differential equations" [138]
1959 Burnet 2jpg Frank Macfarlane Burnet "In recognition of his distinguished contributions to knowledge of viruses and of immunology" [139]
1960 Harold Jeffreys "In recognition of his distinguished work in many branches of geophysics, and also in the theory of probability and astronomy" [140]
1961 Hans Adolf Krebs Hans Adolf Krebs "In recognition of his distinguished contributions to biochemistry, in particular his work on the ornithine, tricarboxylic acid and glyoxylate cycles" [141]
1962 Cyril Norman Hinshelwood Nobel Cyril Norman Hinshelwood "In recognition of his distinguished researches in the field of chemical kinetics, including the study of biological reaction mechanisms, and of his outstanding contributions to natural philosophy" [142]
1963 Sir Paul Fildes by Sir (Samuel) Luke Fildes Paul Fildes "In recognition of his pioneering contributions to bacteriology."
1964 Sydney Chapman Sydney Chapman "In recognition of his theoretical contributions to terrestrial and interplanetary magnetism, the ionosphere and the aurora borealis" [143]
1965 Alan Lloyd Hodgkin nobel Alan Lloyd Hodgkin "In recognition of his discovery of the mechanism of excitation and impulse conduction in nerve, and his outstanding leadership in the development of neurophysiology"
1966 Wl-bragg William Lawrence Bragg "In recognition of his distinguished contributions to the development of methods of structural determination by X-ray diffraction" [102]
1967 No image Bernard Katz "In recognition of his distinguished contributions to knowledge of the fundamental processes involved in transmission across the neuromuscular junction"
1968 Thadeus Reichstein ETH-Bib Portr 10137 Tadeusz Reichstein "In recognition of his distinguished work on the chemistry of vitamin C and his authoritative studies of the cortico-steroids"
1969 Peter Brian Medawar Peter Medawar "In recognition of his distinguished studies of tissue transplantation and immunological tolerance" [102]
1970 Alexander Todd Nobel Alexander R. Todd "In recognition of his outstanding contributions to both the analytical and synthetic chemistry of natural products of diverse types" [102]
1971 No image Norman Pirie "In recognition of his distinguished contributions to biochemistry and especially for his elucidation of the nature of plant viruses"
1972 Nevill Francis Mott "In recognition of his original contributions over a long period to atomic and solid state physics" [102]
1973 Andrew Fielding Huxley nobel Andrew Huxley "In recognition of his outstanding studies on the mechanisms of the nerve impulse and of activation of muscular contraction"
1974 No image W. V. D. Hodge "In recognition of his pioneering work in algebraic geometry, notably in his theory of harmonic integrals" [144]
1975 Francis Crick crop Francis Crick "In recognition of his elucidation of the structure of DNA and his continuing contribution to molecular biology" [102]
1976 Dorothy Hodgkin Nobel Dorothy Hodgkin "In recognition of her outstanding work on the structures of complex molecules, particularly Penicillin, vitamin B12 and insulin" [102]
1977 Frederick Sanger2 Frederick Sanger "In recognition of his distinguished work on the chemical structure of proteins and his studies on the sequences of nucleic acids" [102]
1978 Robert Woodward Nobel Robert Burns Woodward "In recognition of his masterly contributions to the synthesis of complex natural products and his discovery of the importance of orbital symmetry" [102]
1979 Max Perutz Max Perutz "In recognition of his distinguished contributions to molecular biology through his own studies of the structure and biological activity of haemoglobin and his leadership in the development of the subject" [102]
1980 No image Derek Barton "In recognition of his distinguished contributions to a wide range of problems in structural and synthetic organic chemistry and, in particular, his introduction of conformational analysis into stereochemistry" [102]
1981 Peter D. Mitchell "In recognition of his distinguished contribution to biology in his formulation and development of the chemiosmotic theory of energy transduction" [102]
1982 John Cornforth "In recognition of his distinguished research on the stereochemically-controlled synthesis and biosynthesis of biologically important molecules" [145]
1983 Rodney Robert Porter Rodney Robert Porter "In recognition of his elucidation of the structure of immunoglobulins and of the reactions involved in activating the complement system of proteins"
1984 Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar "In recognition of his distinguished work on theoretical physics, including stellar structure, theory of radiation, hydrodynamic stability and relativity" [146]
1985 Aaron Klug 1979 Aaron Klug "In recognition of his outstanding contributions to our understanding of complex biological structures and the methods used for determining them"
1986 Rudolf Peierls "In recognition of his fundamental contributions to a very wide range of theoretical physics, and signal advances in proposing the probable existence of nuclear chain reactions in fissile materials"
1987 Robin Hill "In recognition of his pioneering contributions to the understanding of the nature and mechanism of the main pathway of electron transport in photosynthesis"
1988 Michael Francis Atiyah Michael Atiyah "In recognition of his fundamental contributions to a wide range of topics in geometry, topology, analysis and theoretical physics" [147]
1989 Milstein lnp César Milstein "In recognition of his outstanding contributions to immunology, in particular to the discovery of monoclonal antibodies and to the understanding of the role of somatic mutations in the maturation of the immune response"
1990 Abdus Salam 1987 Abdus Salam "In recognition of his work on the symmetries of the laws of nature, and especially the unification of the electromagnetic and weak forces" [148]
1991 EMLederberg GStent SBrenner JLederberg 1965 wiki Sydney Brenner "In recognition of his many contributions to molecular genetics and developmental biology, and his recent role in the Human Genome mapping project"
1992 George Porter Nobel George Porter "In recognition of his contributions to fundamental understanding of fast photochemical and photophysical processes and their role in chemistry and biology" [149]
1993 James D Watson James Watson "In recognition of his tireless pursuit of DNA, from the elucidation of its structure to the social and medical implications of the sequencing of the human genome" [150]
1994 No image Frederick Charles Frank "In recognition of his fundamental contribution to the theory of crystal morphology, in particular to the source of dislocations and their consequences in interfaces and crystal growth; to fundamental understanding of liquid crystals and the concept of disclination; and to the extension of crystallinity concepts to aperiodic crystals. He has also contributed through a variety of remarkable insights into a great number of physical problems"
1995 Frank Fenner "In recognition of his contribution to animal virology with special emphasis on the pox and myxomatosis viruses and their relationship with the host in causing disease"
1996 No image Alan Cottrell "In recognition of his contribution to the understanding of mechanical properties of materials and related topics through his pioneering studies on crystal plasticity, dislocation impurity interactions, fracture and irradiation effects" [151]
1997 No image Hugh Huxley "In recognition of his pioneering work on the structure of muscle and on the molecular mechanisms of muscle contraction, providing solutions to one of the great problems in physiology"
1998 James Lighthill "In recognition of his profound contributions to many fields within fluid mechanics including important aspects of the interaction of sound and fluid flow and numerous other contributions which have had practical applications in aircraft engine design. He is noted also for his ground-breaking work on both external bio-fluid-dynamics – analysis of mechanisms of swimming and flying – and internal bio-fluid-dynamics, including flow in the cardiovascular system and the airways, and cochlear mechanics and other aspects of hearing" [152]
1999 John Maynard Smith John Maynard Smith "In recognition of his seminal contributions to evolutionary biology, including his experimental work on sexual selection, his important contributions to our understanding of ageing, his introduction of game theoretical methods for the analysis of complex evolutionary scenarios and his research into molecular evolution, both through his classic work on genetic hitchhiking, and with his more recent, ongoing work on bacterial population growth" [153]
2000 No image Alan R. Battersby "In recognition of his pioneering work in elucidating the detailed biosynthetic pathways to all the major families of plant alkaloids. His approach, which stands as a paradigm for future biosynthetic studies on complex molecules, combines isolation work, structure determination, synthesis, isotopic labelling and spectroscopy, especially advanced NMR, as well as genetics and molecular biology. This spectacular research revealed the entire pathway to vitamin B12"
2001 No image Jacques Miller "For his work on the immunological function of the thymus and of T cells, which has revolutionised the science of immunology. Professor Millers work is paving the way for designing new methods to improve resistance to infections, producing new vaccines, enhancing graft survival, dealing with autoimmunity and even persuading the immune system to reject cancer cells"
2002 No image John Pople "For his development of computational methods in quantum chemistry. His work transformed density functional theory into a powerful theoretical tool for chemistry, chemical physics and biology" [154]
2003 John Gurdon Cambridge 2012 John Gurdon "For his unique range of groundbreaking discoveries in the fields of cell and developmental biology. He pioneered the concept that specialised cells are genetically equivalent and that they differ only in the genes they express not the genes they contain, a concept fundamental to modern biology"
2004 Harold Kroto 1c389 8471.sweden Harry Kroto "in recognition of his seminal contributions to understanding the fundamental dynamics of carbon chain molecules, leading to the detection of these species (polyynes) in the interstellar medium by radioastronomy, and thence to the genesis of a new era in carbon science" [155]
2005 Paul Nurse portrait Paul Nurse "for his contributions to cell biology in general, and to the elucidation of the control of cell division."
2006 Stephen Hawking.StarChild Stephen Hawking "For his outstanding contribution to theoretical physics and theoretical cosmology. " [32]
2007 BobMayHarvard Robert May "for his seminal studies of interactions within and among biological populations that have reshaped our understanding of how species, communities and entire ecosystems respond to natural or human created disturbance."
2008 Roger Penrose-6Nov2005 Roger Penrose "for his beautiful and original insights into many areas of mathematics and mathematical physics. Sir Roger has made outstanding contributions to general relativity theory and cosmology, most notably for his work on black holes and the Big Bang."
2009 Martin Evans Nobel Prize Martin Evans "for his seminal work on embryonic stem cells in mice, which revolutionised the field of genetics."
2010 Nci-vol-8182-300 david cox David Cox "for his seminal contributions to the theory and applications of statistics." [156]
Tomas Lindahl 0113 Tomas Lindahl "for his seminal contributions to the understanding of the biochemistry of DNA repair." [156]
2011 No image Dan McKenzie "For his seminal contributions to the understanding of geological and geophysical phenomena including tectonic plates."
2012 No image John Walker "For his ground-breaking work on bioenergetics, discovering the mechanism of ATP synthesis in the mitochondrion." [157]
2013 Andre Geim 2010-1 Andre Geim "For his numerous scientific contributions and, in particular, for initiating research on two‐dimensional atomic crystals and their artificial heterostructures."
2014 Alec Jeffreys Alec Jeffreys "For his pioneering work on variation and mutation in the human genome." [158]
2015 Higgs, Peter (1929)3 Peter Higgs "For his fundamental contribution to particle physics with his theory explaining the origin of mass in elementary particles, confirmed by the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider." [159]
2016 Richard Henderson D81 4486 (38005042695) Richard Henderson "In recognition of his fundamental and revolutionary contributions to the development of electron microscopy of biological materials, enabling their atomic structures to be deduced." [160]
2017 Andrew wiles1-3 Andrew Wiles "For his beautiful and unexpected proof of Fermat's Last Theorem which is one of the most important mathematical achievements of the 20th century." [161]
2018 No image Jeffrey I. Gordon "For his contributions to understanding the role of gut microbial communities to human health and disease." [162]

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Alan Lloyd Hodgkin

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Alexander Stuart (scientist)

Alexander Stuart FRS FRCP (1673–1742) was a Scottish natural philosopher and physician.

He was born in Aberdeen, Scotland.

He graduated from Marischal College in 1691 with an MA and became a ship's surgeon, serving on the London from 1701 to 1704 and on the Europe from 1704 to 1707. While at sea he kept records of his operations and sent specimens of new creatures to Hans Sloane, with several reports on such animals being published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.

After returning to land in 1708 he started a medical degree at Leiden University, and he graduated on 22 June 1711. He served as a doctor for the British Army for a bit but returned to England. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1714, and in 1719 he became the first doctor to practise at Westminster Hospital, transferring to St George's Hospital in 1733. In 1728 he became a physician-in-ordinary for Caroline of Ansbach and was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians the same year. He retired in 1736.

In 1738 he gave the first Croonian Lecture of the Royal Society, and in 1740 he was awarded the Copley Medal by the same institution. He delivered the Croonian Lecture again in 1740.Despite the money he was earning as physician-in-ordinary he was heavily in debt when he died on 15 September 1742.

Andrew Wiles

Sir Andrew John Wiles (born 11 April 1953) is an English mathematician and a Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Oxford, specialising in number theory. He is best known for proving Fermat's Last Theorem, for which he was awarded the 2016 Abel Prize and the 2017 Copley Medal by the Royal Society. He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2000, and in 2018 was appointed as the first Regius Professor of Mathematics at Oxford.

Bernard Katz

Sir Bernard Katz, FRS (26 March 1911 – 20 April 2003) was a German-born Australian physician and biophysicist, noted for his work on nerve physiology. He shared the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 1970 with Julius Axelrod and Ulf von Euler. He was knighted in 1969.

Carlo Matteucci

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Cyril Norman Hinshelwood

Sir Cyril Norman Hinshelwood (19 June 1897 – 9 October 1967) was an English physical chemist and a Nobel Prize laureate.

Edward Charles Howard

Edward Charles Howard FRS (28 May 1774 – 28 September 1816) the youngest brother of Bernard Howard, 12th Duke of Norfolk, was a British chemist who has been described as "the first chemical engineer of any eminence."In January 1799 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and in 1800 awarded their Copley medal for his work on mercury. He discovered mercury fulminate, a powerful primary explosive. In 1813 he invented a method of refining sugar which involved boiling the cane juice not in an open kettle, but in a closed vessel heated by steam and held under partial vacuum. At reduced pressure, water boils at a lower temperature, and so Howard's development both saved fuel and reduced the amount of sugar lost through caramelisation. The invention, known as Howard's vacuum pan, is still in use.

Howard also was interested in the composition of meteorites especially those of "natural iron". He found that many of these contained an alloy of nickel and iron that was not found on Earth, and thus they may have fallen from the sky. One type of meteorite is now known as Howardite.

Edward Troughton

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Henry Foster (scientist)

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Horace Tabberer Brown

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John Brinkley (astronomer)

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John Frederic Daniell

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John Maynard Smith

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John Mudge

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Peter Barlow (mathematician)

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Peter D. Mitchell

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Rodney Robert Porter

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