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Biochemical Society Honorary Members

Biochemical Society Honorary Members

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 25 Honorary Members of whom nine 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 President of the Biochemical Society, Ron Laskey.

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

The complete list of Biochemical Society  Former Honorary Members