Biochemical Society

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Biochemical Society
Legal statusNot-for-profit organisation
PurposeBiochemistry in the UK
  • Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London, WC1N 2JL
Region served
7000 biochemists and molecular biologists
Chief Executive
Kate Baillie
Main organ
Biochemical Society Council
WebsiteBiochemical Society

The Biochemical Society is a learned society in the United Kingdom in the field of biochemistry, including all the cellular and molecular biosciences.


It currently has around 7000 members, two-thirds in the UK. It is affiliated with the European body, Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS). The Society's current President (2016) is Sir David Baulcombe.[1] The Society's headquarters are in London.


The society was founded in 1911 by Benjamin Moore, W.D. Halliburton and others, under the name of the Biochemical Club. It acquired the existing Biochemical Journal in 1912.

The society name changed to the Biochemical Society in 1913.[citation needed]

In 2005, the headquarters of the society moved from Portland Place to purpose-built offices in Holborn.[citation needed]

In 2009, the headquarters moved again to Charles Darwin House, near Gray's Inn Road.[citation needed]

Past presidents include Professor Ron Laskey, Sir Philip Cohen, and Sir Tom Blundell.


The society makes a number of merit awards, four annually and others either biennially or triennially, to acknowledge excellence and achievement in both specific and general fields of science. The annual awards comprise the Morton Lecture, the Colworth Medal, the Centenary Award and the Novartis Medal and Prize.[2]


The Society's wholly owned publishing subsidiary, Portland Press, publishes books, a magazine, The Biochemist, and several print and online academic journals:

The Society's flagship publication, the Biochemical Journal, celebrated its centenary in 2006 with the launch of a free online archive back to its first issue in 1906.

Further reading[edit]

  • Goodwin, T. W. (1987). History of the Biochemical Society, 1911-1986. London: Biochemical Society. ISBN 9780904498219.
  • Morton, Richard Alan (1969). The Biochemical Society: its history and activities, 1911-1969. London (7 Warwick Court, W.C.1): Biochemical Society. ISBN 9780950197203.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location (link)


  1. ^ "Sir David Baulcombe named as new Biochemical Society President | Biochemical Society". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-11.
  2. ^ "Biochemical Society Awards". Biochemical Society. Retrieved 7 December 2014.

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