Rosalind Franklin Medal and Prize

In 2008 Council decided to establish the Rosalind Franklin Medal and Prize.

The physicist behind the medal
Rosalind Franklin was an English X-ray crystallographer whose work was critical to the understanding of the molecular structure of graphite, coal, viruses and DNA – the latter being recognised with Francis Crick, James Watson and Maurice Wilkins’s award of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962, four years after Franklin’s death.


The award shall be made for distinguished contributions to physics applied to the life sciences including biological physics. The medal will be silver and will be accompanied by a prize of £1,000 and a certificate.

Rosalind Franklin medal recipients

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