Royal Medals

Funding area: Prizes & Medals

Royal Medals are awarded for distinction and international repute in any of the following categories: Life Sciences; Physical, Engineering and Informatic Sciences; Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Business, Public Service and Public Engagement.

These Medals were instituted by Her Majesty The Queen in the year 2000. They are awarded annually, to individuals who have achieved distinction and are of international repute in any of the following categories: Life Sciences; Physical, Engineering and Informatic Sciences; Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Business, Public Service and Public Engagement. Candidates for the Royal Medals need not be RSE Fellows and should, preferably, have a Scottish connection, irrespective of place of domicile.

Fund deadline

January 11, 2019 5:00 pm

Additional Information


Nominations can only be made by Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Nomination Form

Guidance Notes

Referee Form

 

 


2018
Mr David Climie OBE
For his outstanding contribution to the field of Civil Engineering, particularly for his work on the Queensferry Crossing.

Professor Richard Henderson CH FRS FMedSci
For his outstanding contribution to the field of Molecular Biology.

Dr Thea Musgrave CBE
For her outstanding contribution to the betterment of humankind through Music.

2017
Professor Peter Boyle CorrFRSE FMedSci
For his outstanding contribution to global cancer control and public health policy.

Professor Tessa Holyoake FRSE FMedSci
For her outstanding contribution to the field of Life Sciences through her discovery of the existence of cancer stem cells in the chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) and her development of a new therapy for this condition.

Dr Donald Runnicles OBE
For his outstanding contribution to the art of music at the highest international level.

2016
Professor James Hough OBE FRS FRSE
For his involvement in the pioneering research and discovery of gravitational waves.

Professor Sir Angus Stewart Deaton FBA HonFRSE
For his services to research in economics and international affairs.

2015
No awards made in this year.

2014
Professor Sir Thomas W B Kibble CBE FRS
For his outstanding contribution to the research and discovery of the mechanism that gives mass to elementary particles. Sir Thomas died in 2016.

Professor Richard G M Morris CBE FRS FRSE FMedSci
For his outstanding contributions to neuroscience.

2013
Sir John Cadogan CBE FRS FRSE FLSW
For his outstanding contribution to organic chemistry.

Professor Michael A J Ferguson CBE FRS FRSE FMedSci 
For his outstanding contribution to the field of parasitology.

Sir Ian Wood CBE FRSE
For his outstanding contribution to business and commerce in Scotland.

2012
Dr David Milne OBE FRSE 
For his outstanding contribution to business and commerce in Scotland.

Professor Sir Edwin Mellor Southern KB FRS Hon FRSE
For his outstanding contribution to molecular biology.

2011
Baroness Helena Kennedy of the Shaws QC
For her outstanding contribution to human rights and civil liberties, access to education, arts and ethics.

Professor Noreen Murray CBE FRS FRSE
For her outstanding contribution to our understanding of bacterial host defence systems and her leading role in the development of gene cloning technology. Professor Murray died in 2011.

Professor S Desmond Smith OBE FRS FRSE
For his outstanding contribution to physics research.

2010
Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart FRS HonFRSE
For his outstanding contribution to chemistry and particularly in the field of molecular nanotechnology.

Dr James MacMillan CBE FRSE
For his outstanding contribution to music in Scotland and beyond through his compositions.

2009
Professor Karen Vousden FRS FRSE
For her outstanding contribution to cancer research through her major discoveries in the area of mechanisms of oncogenesis, tumour suppressor genes and cell cycle control.

Professor Wilson Sibbett CBE FRS FRSE
For his outstanding contributions to physics in Scotland and public service through his Chairmanship of the Scottish Science Advisory Committee.

Professor Sir James Mirrlees FBA HonFRSE
For his outstanding contribution to economic theory which has had a global impact on economic development.

2008
Professor Sir David Lane FRS FRSE 
For his outstanding contribution to cancer research through his discovery of P53 tumor suppressor gene.

Professor Roger Fletcher FRS FRSE
For his outstanding contribution to mathematics and software development.

Rt Revd Richard Holloway FRSE
For his outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Scotland through his public debates on ethics and theology and by promoting, and direct involvement in, public policy issues.

2007
Professor Sir David Carter FRSE
For his outstanding contributions to Life Sciences as a Surgeon, a clinical academic and an outspoken leader in the field both nationally and internationally.

Sir Thomas McKillop FRS FRSE
For his outstanding contribution to business and public service in Scotland and internationally, particularly in the fields of biotechnology and finance.

Professor John Laver CBE FBA FRSA FRSE
For his outstanding contributions to Humanities and Social Sciences, particularly in the field of phonetics, and his inspired academic leadership.

2006
Sir David Jack CBE FRS FRSE
For his outstanding contribution to the pharmaceutical industry and his untiring work and contributions to scientific organisations concerned with drug design and development.

Professor Sir John Ball FRS FRSE
For his outstanding contributions to applied mathematics and his public service to the international mathematics community.

2005
Professor William Hill OBE FRS FRSE
For his outstanding contribution to Life Sciences and particularly to the theory of quantitative genetics and its applications to animal breeding.

Professor Sir David Edward KCMG QC FRSE
For his outstanding contribution to the legal profession in Scotland and internationally, particularly in the field of European Law.

2004
Professor Sir Philip Cohen FRS FRSE
For his outstanding contribution to Life Sciences. Sir Philip’s discoveries in the role of abnormal protein phosphorylation in major diseases, particularly diabetes, have led to the development of a new scientific investigation and also to the discovery of new therapeutic drugs.

Professor Robin Milner FRS FRSE
For his outstanding contributions to software engineering which have changed the face of modern computer science.

Professor Sir D Neil McCormick FBA FRSE
For his outstanding contribution to academic life in Scotland and internationally, particularly in the field of legal philosophy.

2003
Professor Sir Paul Nurse FRS HonFRSE
For his outstanding contribution to genetics research, in particular its relevance to cancer, in which he has become a leading figure nationally and internationally culminating in the Nobel Prize in 2001.

Sir Michael Atiyah OM FRS HonFRSE
For his profound and beneficial effect on the development of mathematics and science in the UK and Europe.

Lord MacKay of Clashfern PC KT QC FRSE
For his outstanding contributions to Scots Law and his international reputation both in law and public service.

2002
Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri FRSE
For his outstanding contribution to the practice of medicine by pioneering developments in minimal access surgery. Sir Alfred’s surgical techniques have been adopted world-wide and have greatly reduced the time patients spend in hospital.

Professor Sir Alan Peacock FBA FRSE
For his outstanding contributions to Social Science and Public Policy. He has achieved international distinction on a range of fiscal issues where he has enhanced our understanding of key problems in both taxation and public expenditure.

Professor John R Mallard OBE FRSE
For his enormous contribution to medical diagnosis. He has pioneered the development of two of the most important diagnostic technologies of the 20th century, namely Nuclear Medicine and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.

2001
Professor Sir James Black OM FRS HonFRSE
For his unique contribution to the advancement of Pharmacology and to the discovery of highly effective drugs which have revolutionised the treatment of disease and benefited untold numbers of patients throughout the world.

Professor Tom Devine FBA HonMRIA FRSE
For his outstanding contribution to Scottish History, particularly the relations between Scotland and Ireland.

Professor A Ian Scott FRS FRSE
For his outstanding contributions to natural product and organic chemistry over the past thirty years. Among his many achievements has been the establishment of the mechanism for the synthesis of the key life pigments chlorophyll and heme.

2000
Professor Sir Kenneth Murray FRS FRSE
For his outstanding contribution to the development of Biotechnology, both nationally and internationally, through his development of what is now known as recombinant DNA technology.

The Rt. Hon The Lord Perry of Walton OBE FRS FRSE
For his outstanding career in science and education.

Professor Peter Higgs FRS FRSE
For his enormous impact on the world of Physics. His work has provided a key to the problem of the origin of mass. Peter Higgs has proposed a mechanism for the generation of mass in relativistic field theories with a local symmetry, namely the Higgs boson. His work has been a crucial step towards a unified theory of the forces of Nature, and his single idea has had a huge impact on Man’s understanding of Nature.