Royal Medals

Funding area: Prizes & Medals

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

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 and Engineering Sciences; Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Business and Commerce. Candidates for the Royal Medals need not be RSE Fellows and should, preferably, have a Scottish connection, irrespective of place of domicile.

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Nominations can only be made by Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Nominations for the next round of Royal Medals are now closed.


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 leaukaemia (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 for 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.