The Colworth Medal

The Colworth Medal is a prestigious annual award for outstanding research by a biochemist of any nationality who has carried out the majority of their work in the UK or Republic of Ireland. Donated in 1963 by Unilever Research Colworth Laboratory, the award is made to an early career scientist who is within 10 years of receiving their highest qualification. 

The recipient is given:

  • £3,000 prize money 
  • The Colworth Medal 
  • The opportunity to present a lecture at a Society event or webinar 
  • An invitation to submit an article to one of our Biochemical Society Journals, published by Portland Press, with any fees waived 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Awarded annually 
  • The majority of the work must have been conducted in the UK or the Republic of Ireland 
  • Nominees are early career, within 10 years of receiving their highest qualification 
  • Nominees can be either international or UK based 
  • This award is only open to individuals 

The Awards Committee will consider the following aspects of all nominations for The Colworth Medal as appropriate:

  • Originality of research 
  • Impact and scope of research 
  • Quality of outputs – publications and/or patents and/or software 
  • Commitment to build, support, and nurture future talent e.g., mentorship, leading research teams 
  • Other indicators of esteem demonstrated by the nominator      

Tanmay Bharat will present his award lecture at the 87th Harden Conference: Single-molecule bacteriology II on 14th July 2022

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Get in touch with our Awards Department if you have any questions   

Past recipients

  • 2023: Stephen Wallace
  • 2022: Tanmay Bharat
  • 2021: Giulia Zanetti
  • 2020: Stephan Uphoff
  • 2019: Melina Schuh
  • 2018: Matthew Johnson
  • 2017: Markus Ralser
  • 2016: David Grainger
  • 2015: Helen Walden (pictured)  
  • 2014: M. Madan Babu
  • 2013: Robin May
  • 2012: Akhilesh Reddy
  • 2011: Sarah Teichmann
  • 2010: Mark Dillingham
  • 2009: Giles Hardingham
  • 2008: John Rouse
  • 2007: Frank Sargent 
    2006: Simon Boulton
  • 2005: Ian Collinson
  • 2004: James H. Naismith
  • 2003: David J. Owen
  • 2002: Thomas Owen-Hughes
  • 2001: Andrew D. Sharrocks
  • 2000: Dario R. Alessi 
  • 1999: Nigel S. Scrutton
  • 1998: David Barford 
  • 1997: Stephen P. Jackson 
  • 1996: Sheena Radford
  • 1995: Jonathon Pines
  • 1994: R.L. Stephens 
    1993: Nicholas C. Tonks
    1992: Angus I. Lamond
  • 1991: Michael A.J. Ferguson



  • 1990: David W. Melton
  • 1988: Hugh R.B. Pelham
  • 1987: C. Peter Downes
  • 1986: Gregory P. Winter 
  • 1985: Alec J. Jeffreys
  • 1984: Miles D. Houslay
  • 1983: E. Oldfield
  • 1982: David M.J. Lilley
  • 1981: T.H. Rabbitts
  • 1980: R.A. Flavell
  • 1979: Ronald A. Laskey
  • 1978: Timothy E. Hardingham
  • 1977: Philip Cohen
  • 1976: G.G. Brownlee
  • 1975: W.J. Brammar
  • 1974: David R. Trentham
  • 1973: J.C. Metcalfe
  • 1972: J.M. Ashworth
  • 1971: A.R. Williamson
  • 1970: D.A. Rees
  • 1969: George K. Radda
  • 1968: P.B. Garland
  • 1967: L.J. Morris
  • 1966: M.H. Richmond
  • 1965: J.B. Chappell
  • 1964: Jamshed R. Tata
  • 1963: Hans L. Kornberg 

 

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