This award lecture is now presented by the winner of the Centenary Award.

In the past, the award winner was asked to assess the impact of recent advances and developments in biochemistry in their particular field of research.

The chosen lecturer had considerable discretion in the choice of subject and either choose to discuss advances made in other fields of knowledge that had significant implications for their own field of biochemistry or discussed how advances in biochemistry impacted on other disciplines.

The award was made every 2-3 years and the winner was presented with a medal and an honorarium of £2000. The lecture was published in Biochemical Society Transactions.

  • 2008: Karen Vousden 
  • 2006: Kim Nasmyth
  • 2004: Christopher Somerville
  • 2002: Edwin Southern
  • 2000: John Sulston
  • 1998: Darwin J. Prockop
  • 1996: Alec Jeffreys
  • 1994: T. Hunter
  • 1992: Thomas Cech
  • 1990: R.J.P. Williams
  • 1985: Cesar Milstein
  • 1983: Edwin G. Krebs
  • 1981: F. Gibson  
  • 1979: Jerker Porath 
  • 1977: Rodney R. Porter
  • 1975: Efraim Racker 
  • 1973: Max F. Perutz
  • 1971: Frederick Sanger
  • 1969: F.J.W. Roughton
  • 1967:H.A. Barker 
  • 1965: A. Szent-Gyorgi 
  • 1963: L.F. Leloir
  • 1961: Hans Krebs
  • 1960: A. Neuberger
  • 1958: Rudolph Peters