Nobel Prize Winners awarded Science Museum Fellowships

17/06/2009

The Science Museum has named the United Kingdom Nobel Laureates for science ‘Fellows of the Science Museum’, the highest accolade that the Museum can bestow upon an individual in recognition of an exceptional contribution to science. Philanthropist Martin Smith was also welcomed as an Honorary Fellow for his long-standing support of the Science Museum.

Sir James Black, Nobel Prize winner for Medicine, 1988, spoke at a presentation last night hosted by Lord Waldegrave of North Hill, Chair of the Trustees of NMSI (National Museum of Science and Industry), the group of museums to which the Science Museum belongs.

Science Museum Fellowships were awarded to:

  • Sir James Black
  • Sir John Cornforth
  • Professor Christian de Duve
  • Professor Anthony Hewish
  • Sir Timothy Hunt
  • Sir Andrew Huxley
  • Professor Brian Josephson
  • Sir Harold Kroto
  • Sir Anthony Leggett
  • Sir Peter Mansfield
  • Sir Paul Nurse
  • Sir Richard Roberts
  • Martin Smith (Honorary Fellow)
  • Sir John Sulston
  • Professor Sir John Walker

In its inaugural year, the Fellowships were awarded to coincide with the start of the Science Museum’s Centenary celebration and will take place annually. Fellowships will be awarded to scientists and individuals who have changed our world through academic research, design, technology and philanthropy.

For further information, to arrange interviews or for use of images, please contact Andrew Marcus, Science Museum Press Office, 020 7942 4357 / andrew.marcus@sciencemuseum.org.uk.

Notes to Editors

From June 2009 the Science Museum is celebrating its hundredth birthday and a century of science with a year-long centenary programme to take the renowned institution into the future. For 100 years the Science Museum has been world-renowned for its historic collection, remarkable galleries and inspirational exhibitions. With around 15,000 objects on public display, the Science Museum’s collections form an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical change from the past few centuries. Aiming to be the best place in the world for people to enjoy science, the Science Museum makes sense of the science that shapes our lives, sparking curiosity, releasing creativity and changing the future by engaging people of all generations and backgrounds in science engineering, medicine, technology, design and enterprise. In 2008/09 the Science Museum was proud to have been awarded the Gold Award for Visitor Attraction of the Year by Visit London and a Silver Award for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year by Enjoy England.