The Morton Lecture was first awarded in 1978 to commemorate the late R.A. Morton. The winners of the award lectureship demonstrate they have made an outstanding contribution to lipid biochemistry.
The late R.A. Morton was Johnston Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Liverpool and the current incumbent of that Chair sits with the Awards Committee when the Morton Lecturer is selected.
The Morton Lecture is given every other year at a conference of the Society and at the University of Liverpool. The lecturer receives an honorarium of £2000 and is invited to submit an article to a Society-owned publication.
The 2014 Morton Lecturer, Harvey McMahon, (MRC LMB, Cambridge, UK) is pictured receiving his award from Ron Laskey, former Biochemical Society President.