The Society's Council introduced this award in 2001 with the intention of widening recognition of excellence to span more diverse fields of endeavour within, or related to, the biochemical sciences.
The Council decides, every 2 years, upon the area or topic that they wish to recognize with this special award and prize of £2000. The awardee is invited to submit an article to a Society-owned publication and is given the opportunity to present their lecture at a Society Conference. The Biochemical Society's 'medal' was designed by the well-known modern Dutch medallist Mirjam Mieras.
In 2019 the Biochemical Society is seeking nominations for candidates who have demonstrated the use of biochemistry in helping combat infectious diseases.
Past recipients and criteria
2017: Keith Gull for ''‘Biochemistry plus.'’ An outstanding individual who has not only achieved as stellar research scientist, but who has also undertaken activities that have had substantial impact in bioscience related areas outside the laboratory'
2015: Nick Lane (pictured right) for 'a sustained and diverse contribution to the molecular life sciences, with a special emphasis on education and/or the public understanding of science'.
2013: Tom Blundell for 'an outstanding contribution to the development and management of UK molecular bioscience'.
2011: Michael Berridge as 'a candidate whose research has had a transformative effect on biochemical research'.
2008: Gurdyal Besra for 'work carried out by a UK scientist that has advanced health in the developing world'.
2006: Martin Raff and Gregory Winter for 'scientists who have successfully challenged dogma, created a new field of thinking, elucidated a paradigm or made a fundamental change to established thinking'.
2004: David Lane for 'basic biochemical research and its exploitation for the benefit of society'.
2002: Steven P.R. Rose and Bernard Dixon for 'scientific communication in the public domain'.