Copley Medal

Royal Society Copley Medal
Awarded for Outstanding research in any branch of science
Sponsored by The Royal Society
Country United Kingdom
First awarded 1731
Website Copley Medal

The Copley Medal is a scientific award given by the Royal Society, for "outstanding achievements in research in any branch of science." It alternates between the physical and the biological sciences.[1] Given every year, the medal is the oldest Royal Society medal still awarded, and is the oldest surviving scientific award in the world,[2] having first been given in 1731 to Stephen Gray, for "his new Electrical Experiments: – as an encouragement to him for the readiness he has always shown in obliging the Society with his discoveries and improvements in this part of Natural Knowledge".[3]

The Copley Medal awarded to Mendeleev in 1905.
  1. ^ "The Copley Medal (1731)". The Royal Society. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
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  3. ^ "Copley archive winners 1799–1731". The Royal Society. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 

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