Awarded annually to an outstanding microbiologist who is a global leader in his or her field and whose work has had a far-reaching impact beyond the discipline of microbiology.
The recipient of the Prize Medal will receive £1,000 and be expected to give a lecture based on the work for which the award has been made to a meeting of the Society. The recipient will be strongly encouraged to publish the lecture in one of the Society’s journals, whichever is the most suitable. This decision will be at the discretion of the Editors of the journals.
Nominations for Prize Lectures 2019 and the 2020 Prize Medal are now closed.
Please see below for a list of past winners.
Prize Medal Lecture 2017: Professor Michael Rossmann – A personal history of structural virology
|2018||Jill Banfield||Metagenomics provides a new view of the tree of life and the roles of candidate phyla bacteria and archaea in subsurface biogeochemistry|
|2017||Michael Rossmann||A personal history of structural virology|
|2016||Philippe Sansonetti||Decrypting microbe–host signals in the intestinal crypt: from homeostasis to pathology|
|2015||Sir David Baulcombe||The small RNA link in antiviral defense and epigenetics|
|2014||Rita Colwell||Climate change, oceans, and infectious disease: Cholera pandemics as a model|
|2013||Harald zur Hausen||Infections causing human cancers: why do some ubiquitous infections mainly cause regional cancers?|
|2012||Julian E. Davies||Molecules, Microbes and Me|
|2011||Sir David Hopwood||Streptomyces genomics: new routes to antibiotic discovery|
|2010||Sir Paul Nurse||Controlling the Cell Cycle|
|2009||Stanley B. Prusiner||Prion Biology and Disease|