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 18 Honorary Members of whom six 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.

Current list of Honorary Members

  • 2014: Professor Dame Julia M Goodfellow, DBE, CBE, FMedSci
  • 2013: Sir John B Gurdon, FRS, FMedSci, Nobel Laureate
  • 2013: Dame Janet Thornton, CBE
  • 2012: Sir Adrian Bird, CBE, FRS, FRSE, FMedSci
  • 2011: Ron Laskey, CBE, FRS, FMedSci
  • 2011: Sir Tom Blundell, FRS, FMedSci
  • 2010: Venki Ramakrishnan, FRS, Nobel Laureate
  • 2010: Robert Michell, FRS
  • 2008: Sir Martin Evans, FRS, Nobel Laureate
  • 2007: Sir Gregory Winter, CBE, FRS
  • 2007: Dame Jean Thomas, CBE, ScD, FMedSci
  • 2004: Sir Edwin Southern, FRS
  • 2004: Lionel Crawford, 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 John Walker, FRS, Nobel Laureate

The complete list of Biochemical Society Former Honorary Members​

  • 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
  • 1996: Herbert Gutfreund, FRS
  • 1998: César Milstein, CH, FRS, Nobel Laureate
  • 1998: Sir Aaron Klug, OM, PRS, Nobel Laureate
  • 1988: Henry RV Arnstein, DSc
  • 2000: W. M. Watkins, DSc, FRS
  • 2001: Helen Muir, CBE, FRS
  • 2001: Sir Philip Randle, FRS
  • 2001: Sir Hans Kornberg, Kt. Hon. FRCP, FRS
  • 2002: Sir John Sulston, FRS, Nobel Laureate
  • 2003: Sir Sydney Brenner, CH, FRS, Nobel Laureate
  • 2004: Dame Louise Johnson, FRS
  • 2004: Sir Michael Berridge, FRS
  • 2011: Sir John Cornforth, FRS, Nobel Laureate