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 26 Honorary Members of whom eight 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.