Honorary Membership was instituted at the very beginning of the Society’s existence and, although the criteria for election altered throughout the 20th century, the abiding desire of the Society has been to honour distinguished scientists, e.g. Nobel Laureates, working in the UK and elsewhere who have a clear connection with the Society.

The Society has 24 Honorary Members of whom seven are Nobel Laureates. 

As part of our the Centenary celebrations in 2011, a number of the Society’s Honorary Members to talk about their science, discoveries and the future.

2013 Honorary Members’ Sir John B Gurdon and Dame Janet Thornton being presented with a commemorative gift by the then President of the Biochemical Society, Ron Laskey.

2001: Sir Hans Kornberg, Kt, Hon. FRCP, FRS

  • 2001: Sir Hans Kornberg, Kt, Hon. FRCP, FRS
  • 2014: Professor Dame Julia M Goodfellow DBE, CBE, FMedSci
  • 2013: Sir John B Gurdon, FRS, FMedSci, Nobel Laureate 2003: Sir Alec Jeffreys, FRS
  • 2013: Dame Janet Thornton, CBE 2003: Sir Philip Cohen, FRS, FRSE
  • 2012: Sir Adrian Bird, CBE, FRS, FRSE, FMedSci 2002: Sir Paul Nurse, FRS, Nobel Laureate
  • 2011: Ron Laskey, CBE, FRS, FMedSci 2002: Sir Tim Hunt, FRS, Nobel Laureate
  • 2011: Sir Tom Blundell, FRS, FMedSci 1998: Sir Aaron Klug, OM, PRS, Nobel Laureate
  • 2010: Venki Ramakrishnan, FRS, Nobel Laureate 1998: Sir John Walker, FRS, Nobel Laureate
  • 2010: Robert Michell, FRS 1996: Herbert Gutfreund, FRS
  • 2008: Sir Martin J. Evans, FRS, Nobel Laureate 1993: William J. Whelan, FRS, DSc, Hon MRCP
  • 2007: Sir Gregory Winter, CBE, FRS 1988: Henry R. V. Arnstein, DSc
  • 2007: Dame Jean Thomas, CBE, ScD, FMedSci
  • 2004: Sir Edwin Southern, FRS
  • 2004: Lionel Crawford, FRS
  • 2004: Sir Michael Berridge, FRS
  • 2003: Sir Alec Jeffreys, FRS
  • 2003: Sir Philip Cohen, FRS, FRSE
  • 2002: Sir Paul Nurse, FRS, Nobel Laureate
  • 2002: Sir Tim Hunt, FRS, Nobel Laureate
  • 1998: Sir Aaron Klug, OM, PRS, Nobel Laureate
  • 1998: Sir John Walker, FRS, Nobel Laureate
  • 1996: Herbert Gutfreund, FRS
  • 1993: William J. Whelan, FRS, DSc, Hon MRCP
  • 1988: Henry R. V. Arnstein, DSc

2002: Sir Paul Nurse, FRS, Nobel Laureate
2002: Sir Paul Nurse, FRS, Nobel Laureate
1996: Herbert Gutfreund, FRS

1923: W.D. Halliburton, FRS
1938: Sir Arthur Harden, FRS
1943: Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins, OM, FRS, Nobel Laureate
1943: R. H. A. Plimmer
1951: Sir Charles Martin, FRS
1959: Sir Henry Dale, FRS
1959: Sir Rudolph Peters, FRS
1961: Sir Charles Harrington, FRS
1965: Sir John Gaddum, FRS
1965: Sir Charles Dodds
1965: Sir Robert Robinson, OM, FRS, Nobel Laureate
1967: Sir Hans Krebs, FRS, Nobel Laureate
1967: F. Dickens, FRS
1969: C.R.J.M. de Duve, RS Foreign Member, Nobel Laureate
1969: Albert C. Chibnall, FRS
1969: Walter T.J. Morgan, CBEFRS
1969: Luis F. Leloir, Foreign Member RS, Nobel Laureate
1973: Albert Neuberger, CBEFRS
1973: Juda H. Quastel, CC, FRS
1974: Dorothy M. Needham, FRS
1979: Thomas S. Work
1979: Sir Frank Young, FRS
1982: M. Dixon, FRS

1982: E. F. Hartree
1984: Frederick Sanger, OM, CH, CBE, FRS, Nobel Laureate
1985: Trevor W.Goodwin, CBE, FRS
1985: T.R. Porter, CH, FRS
1986: Samuel V. Perry, FRS
1986: R.H.S. Thompson, CBE, FRS
1987: E.C. Slater, FRS, MSc, SCD 
1988: Peter N. Campbell, DSc
1989: C. Rimington, FRS
1991: D.V. Parke, DSc, FRSC, FRCPath
1993: G.A.D. Haslewood
1994: Max F. Perutz, OM, CH, CBE, FRS, Nobel Laureate
1998: César Milstein, CH, FRS, Nobel Laureate
2000: W. M. Watkins, DSc, FRS
2001: Helen Muir, CBE, FRS
2001: Sir Philip Randle, FRS
2002: Sir John Sulston, FRS, Nobel Laureate
2003: Sir Sydney Brenner, CH, FRS, Nobel Laureate
2004: Dame Louise Johnson, FRS
2011: Sir John Cornforth, FRS, Nobel Laureate