The Heatley Medal and Prize is awarded for exceptional work in applying advances in biochemistry, and especially for developing practical uses that have created widespread benefits and value for society, and so have enhanced the reputation of biochemical research as a source of wellbeing and prosperity.

The award is named after Dr Norman Heatley, a scientist known for overcoming wartime shortages to make the production of penicillin possible and his role in paving the way for mass production. Dr Heatley worked closely with the Society’s Industrial Biochemistry and Biotechnology Group (IBBG) and the Group originally sought nominations for the award.

The recipient of the Heatley Medal and Prize is given:

  • A medal
  • £2000 prize money
  • The opportunity to present a prize lecture at a Biochemical Society conference
  • The opportunity to submit an article to a Society-owned publication.


  • 2000: Roger Sayle
  • 1996: Peter Dunnill
  • 1994: Keith May