Copley Medal

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This medal is the oldest award of the Royal Society of London. It is given annually for outstanding achievements in research in any branch of science, and alternates between the physical sciences and the biological sciences.

Awarded by Royal Society of London


The following people are associated with this Honour:

Sir Derek Barton
A Nobel prize winning chemist, whose work on the concept of conformation in chemistry was groundbreaking.

Sir Alexander Todd Baron Todd of Trumpington
A Nobel prizewinning chemist, honoured for his research on nucleotides and nucleotide co-enzymes.