Excellence in Science Award (sponsored by Portland Press)

The Excellence in Science Award (sponsored by Portland Press) was first awarded in 1964 by the Ciba Laboratories (later Ciba-Geigy and then Novartis) and was presented as The Novartis Medal and Prize until 2021. Since 2021, the award has been sponsored by Portland Press, the publishing arm of the Biochemical Society, ensuring the continuation of this prestigious award.

The Excellence in Science Award is presented annually in recognition of contributions to the development of any branch of the molecular biosciences. The award is for work carried out in the UK and the Republic of Ireland and is open to candidates of any nationality.

The recipient of the award receives: 

  • £3000 prize money
  • A trophy
  • The opportunity to present a lecture at a Society conference or webinar
  • An invitation to submit an article to a Society-owned publication

Recipients

  • 2021: Bart Vanhaesebroeck
  • 2019: Caroline Dean
  • 2018: Laurence Pearl
  • 2017: Doreen Cantrell – Video
  • 2016: David Tollervey
  • 2015: Matthew Freeman 
  • 2014: Jeff Errington
  • 2013: Tony Kouzarides 
  • 2012: Ron Hay
  • 2011: Angus Lamond
  • 2010: D. Grahame Hardie
  • 2009: Louise Johnson
  • 2008: Stephen West
  • 2007: Adrian Bird
  • 2006: James Barber
  • 2005: Alan Hall
  • 2004: Jean D. Beggs
  • 2003: Ian D. Campbell
  • 2002: Michael S. Neuberger
  • 2001: Stephen Halford
  • 2000: K.E. Nagai
  • 1999: Christopher J. Marshall
  • 1998: Richard N. Perham
  • 1997: Ronald Laskey
  • 1996: John E. Walker
  • 1995: Christopher F. Higgins
  • 1994: J. Subak-Sharpe
  • 1993: T. Rabbitts
  • 1992: Philip Cohen
  • 1991: Paul Nurse
  • 1988: Robert H. Michell
  • 1987: Thomas L. Blundell
  • 1985: E.A. Barnard
  • 1984: Philip J. Randle
  • 1983: George K. Radda
  • 1981: I. Helen Muir
  • 1980: Sydney Brenner
  • 1979: J.B. Gurdon
  • 1978: J.R. Quayle
  • 1977: Cesar Milstein
  • 1976: Samuel V. Perry 
  • 1975: E.F. Hartree 
  • 1974: E. Kodicek 
  •  1973: Peter D. Mitchell
  • 1972: R.T. Williams
  • 1971: D.H. Northcote
  • 1970: D.C. Phillips
  • 1969: Trevor W. Goodwin
  • 1968: William J. Whelan
  • 1967: D.M. Blow
  • 1966: R.R. Porter
  • 1965: J.W. Cornforth and G.J. Popjak
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