Recent Award Winners

Each year, the Society makes a number of awards, mainly in the fields of science, that are among the oldest and most prestigious awards in Australia.

Awards Winners 2020

The Awards and Citations for 2020 were announced at the 1289th Ordinary General Meeting of the Society, held on Wednesday, 9 December 2020.  

These included the Cook Medal, which is the Society’s highest honour, awards for research and scholarly excellence, and awards which recognise substantial service to the Society.

The Cook Medal
James Cook Medal — Scientia Professor Richard Bryant AC

Awards for Research Excellence
Clarke Medal and Lecture — Distinguished Professor Michelle Leishman
Edgeworth David Medal — Associate Professor Brett Hallam
History and Philosophy of Science Medal — Professor Alison Bashford FRSN
Liversidge Lecture — Professor Richard Payne FRSN
Poggendorff Lectureship — Professor Angela Moles FRSN
Jak Kelly Award — Mr Matthew Donnelly
Royal Society of NSW Scholarships — Mr Sajad Razavi Bazaz, Mr Daniel Fox, and Ms Phillipa Specker

Awards for Service to the Society
Royal Society of NSW Medal — Emerita Professor Mary O’Kane AC FRSN
Royal Society of NSW Citation — Emeritus Professor Heinrich Hora FRSN

Full citations appear on the website on the individual pages for each Award and are published also in the Journal and Proceedings of the RSNSW.




These prestigious awards for excellence in science, engineering, philosophy and the arts, awarded by Australia's oldest learned society, recognise outstanding achievements.  

In 2022, nominations will be sought for the:
James Cook MedalClarke Medal and Memorial Lecture, Edgeworth David Medal, History and Philosophy of Science Medal, Liversidge LectureWalter Burfitt PrizeWarren Prize, and the Royal Society of NSW Scholarships

Also, nominations will be sought for the Royal Society of NSW Medal and the Royal Society of NSW Citations, each of which recognise substantive contributions by a Member or Fellow to the work of the Society.

Nominations for the 2022 Awards open on 1 July 2022 and close on 30 September 2022. 

For 2022, each application must be accompanied by a completed nomination form (available from 1 July 2022) and supply the specified information.    Nominations should be sent to this email address.

Information about the Awards, instructions for making nominations, and links to the nomination forms can be obtained by clicking on the Award name in the drop-down list under the “Awards” menu.

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