Royal Society of London Michael Faraday Prize
|Royal Society of London Michael Faraday Medal & Prize|
|Awarded for||excellence in communicating science to UK audiences|
|Sponsored by||Royal Society of London|
The Royal Society of London Michael Faraday Prize is awarded for "excellence in communicating science to UK audiences". Named after Michael Faraday, the medal itself is made of silver gilt, and is accompanied by a purse of £2500.
The prize was first awarded in 1986 to Charles Taylor for "his outstanding presentations of physics and applications of physics, aimed at audiences from six-year-old primary school children to adults". It is awarded annually and unlike other Royal Society awards such as the Hughes Medal, it has been presented every year since its inception. The winner is required to present a lecture as part of the Society's annual programme of public events, which is usually held in January of the following year; during the lecture, the President of the Royal Society awards the medal. Unlike other prizes awarded by the society, the committee has not always publicly provided a rationale. This has occurred five times—in 2004 to Martin Rees, in 2006 to Richard Fortey, in 2007 to Jim Al-Khalili, in 2008 to John D. Barrow and most recently in 2009 to Marcus du Sautoy.
List of recipients
|Year||Name||Citation / Lecture Title||Notes|
|1986||Charles Taylor||"for his outstanding presentations of physics and applications of physics, aimed at audiences from six-year-old primary school children to adults"|||
|1987||Peter Medawar||"for the contribution his books had made in presenting to the public, and to scientists themselves, the intellectual nature and the essential humanity of pursuing science at the highest level and the part it played in our modern culture"|||
|1988||Erik Christopher Zeeman||"for the contributions he has made to the popularization of mathematics"|||
|1989||Colin Blakemore||"for his written, broadcast and public presentations on the science of the brain, which are superbly crafted for lay and expert audiences alike"|||
|1990||Richard Dawkins||"for his written, broadcast and public presentations which are accessible, imaginative and enjoyed by large audiences"|||
|1991||George Porter||"in recognition of his outstanding contribution to improving the public understanding of science through his many public lectures and broadcasts, his directorship of the Royal Institution and presidencies of the Royal Society and British Association and his seminal role in the establishment and leadership of COPUS"|||
|1992||Richard Gregory||"for his many popular books and papers, his countless public lectures and television and radio appearances, and his creation of the Exploratory Hands-on Science Centre in Bristol"|||
|1993||Ian Fells||"for his many written articles for the national press and popular science journals, his public lectures on many platforms often tailored for school children, and his major contribution in broadcasting where he has had an input to over 350 radio and television programmes"|||
|1994||Walter Bodmer||"for his outstanding achievement in raising the public understanding of science and technology as an issue of the highest importance to individual scientists and engineers and to many bodies that represent them"|||
|1995||Ian Stewart||"for his work in communicating mathematical ideas to the widest possible range of audiences through his many thought-provoking books and magazine articles, his radio and television presentations, and his energetic public lectures in schools and industry on a variety of mathematical and quasi-mathematical topics"|||
|1996||Steve Jones||"for his numerous, wide ranging contributions to the public understanding of science in areas such as human evolution and variation, race, sex, inherited disease and genetic manipulation through his many broadcasts on radio and television, his lectures, popular science books, and his regular science column in The Daily Telegraph and contributions to other newspaper media"|||
|1997||David Phillips||"for his outstanding talents in the communication of scientific principles, methods and applications to young audiences through his many demonstration lectures with wit, clarity and enthusiasm on a wide variety of topics from basic science to modern laser research and for his major role in various collaborative ventures for young people with the Royal Institution, the British Association and CREST, and for his popular science articles and contributions to a variety of radio and television broadcasts, combined with his full professional workload as Head of Chemistry at Imperial College and overseeing a research group"||—|
|1998||Susan Greenfield||"for her outstanding talents in communicating to the public how the brain works, popularising brain studies via The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, lecturing both in Britain and overseas to a wide variety of audiences, including young people, both in schools and outside the classroom, and through her activities as an author of popular books, newspaper articles and columns and her many television appearances"|||
|1999||Robert Winston||"for his outstanding contribution to the public understanding of human infertility and in vitro fertilisation. He has published five books as well as contributing to many newspaper articles. He is renowned as a gifted communicator especially to non-scientists, describing complex issues relating to human infertility clearly and without over-simplification. His major contribution has been in the field of television and radio both hosting and contributing to programmes"|||
|2000||Lewis Wolpert||"for his enormous contribution to the public understanding of science most notably through his Chairmanship of COPUS and his varied and wide-ranging television and radio programmes as well as his regular contributions to the national broadsheet newspapers. For over two decades, Lewis Wolpert has brought public attention to many subjects including depression which still carries considerable social stigma through books, lectures, newspaper articles using his own brand of enthusiasm and charisma"|||
|2001||Harold Kroto||"for his dedication to the notion of working scientists being communicators of their work and in particular for his establishment of the Vega Science Trust whose films and related activities reflect the excitement of scientific discovery to the public"|||
|2002||Paul Davies||on The origin of life.|||
|2003||David Attenborough||on Perception, deception and reality|||
|2004||Martin Rees||on Einstein's legacy as scientist and icon|||
|2005||Fran Balkwill||on A silent killer|||
|2006||Richard Fortey||on A natural history of scientists|||
|2007||Jim Al-Khalili||on The House of Wisdom and the legacy of Arabic science|||
|2008||John D. Barrow||on Every picture tells a story|||
|2009||Marcus du Sautoy||on The secret mathematicians|||
|2010||Jocelyn Bell-Burnell||on The end of the world in 2012? Science communication and science scares|||
|2011||Colin Pillinger||on Stones From the Sky: A Heaven-sent Opportunity to Talk About Science|||
|2012||Brian Cox||"for his excellent work in science communication"|||
|2013||Frank Close||"for his excellent work in science communication"|||
|2014||Andrea Sella||"for his excellent work in science communication"|||
|2015||Katherine Willis||"for her excellent work in science communication"|||
|2016||Nick Lane||"for his excellent work in science communication"|||
|2017||Mark Miodownik||"for excellence in communicating science to UK audiences"|||
|2018||Danielle George||"for her public outreach, promotion of her discipline, and leadership of national programmes inspiring young people to express their creativity while innovating in science and engineering."|||
|2019||Martyn Poliakoff||"for his exemplary work to promote chemistry to an international audience via YouTube in a way that is understandable to viewers of all ages."|||
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