President of the Royal Society


President of the Royal Society

The President of the Royal Society (PRS) is the elected head of the Royal Society of London. The position is now awarded to a member of the scientific community of the British Commonwealth for a period of five years, and is one of the highest honours that can be bestowed upon a scientist.

The changeover of Presidents occurs on the Royal Society Anniversary Day, the weekday on or nearest to 30 November, following the departing President's Anniversary Address. [cite web | author= | title=The Role of President of the Royal Society | url=http://www.royalsoc.ac.uk/page.asp?id=3005 | publisher=The Royal Society | date=2008 | accessdate=2008-04-02]

The current President is The Lord Rees of Ludlow.

Presidents of the Royal Society

*1660-1662 Robert Moray [cite web | author=Dudley Wright | title=Sir Robert Moray: The First Recorded Initiation in England | url=http://freemasonry.bcy.ca/texts/moray_r.html | work=The Builder | date=1921 | accessdate=2008-04-02]
*1662-1677 The Viscount Brouncker
*1677-1680 Sir Joseph Williamson
*1680-1682 Sir Christopher Wren
*1682-1683 Sir John Hoskyns
*1683-1684 Cyril Wyche
*1684-1686 Samuel Pepys
*1686-1689 The Earl of Carbery
*1689-1690 The Earl of Pembroke
*1690-1695 Sir Robert Southwell
*1695-1698 The Earl of Halifax
*1698-1703 The Lord Somers
*1703-1727 Sir Isaac Newton
*1727-1741 Sir Hans Sloane
*1741-1752 Martin Folkes
*1752-1764 The Earl of Macclesfield
*1764-1768 The Earl of Morton
*1768-1768 James Burrow
*1768-1772 James West
*1772-1772 James Burrow
*1772-1778 Sir John Pringle
*1778-1820 Sir Joseph Banks
*1820-1820 William Hyde Wollaston
*1820-1827 Sir Humphry Davy
*1827-1830 Davies Gilbert
*1830-1838 HRH The Duke of Sussex
*1838-1848 The Marquess of Northampton
*1848-1854 The Earl of Rosse
*1854-1858 The Lord Wrottesley
*1858-1861 Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie, Bart.
*1861-1871 Sir Edward Sabine
*1871-1873 Sir George Biddell Airy
*1873-1878 Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker
*1878-1883 William Spottiswoode
*1883-1885 The Rt. Hon. Thomas Henry Huxley, P.C.
*1885-1890 Sir George Gabriel Stokes
*1890-1895 The Lord Kelvin
*1895-1900 The Lord Lister
*1900-1905 Sir William Huggins
*1905-1908 The Lord Rayleigh
*1908-1913 Sir Archibald Geikie
*1913-1915 Sir William Crookes
*1915-1920 Sir Joseph John Thomson
*1920-1925 Sir Charles Sherrington
*1925-1930 The Lord Rutherford of Nelson
*1930-1935 Sir Frederick Hopkins
*1935-1940 Sir William Henry Bragg
*1940-1945 Sir Henry Hallett Dale
*1945-1950 Sir Robert Robinson
*1950-1955 The Lord Adrian
*1955-1960 Sir Cyril Norman Hinshelwood
*1960-1965 The Lord Florey
*1965-1970 The Lord Blackett
*1970-1975 Sir Alan Lloyd Hodgkin
*1975-1980 The Lord Todd
*1980-1985 Sir Andrew Huxley
*1985-1990 Sir George Porter
*1990-1995 Sir Michael Atiyah
*1995-2000 Sir Aaron Klug
*2000-2005 The Lord May of Oxford
*2005-"present" The Lord Rees of Ludlow

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