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Isaac Newton was one of the earliest fellows of the Royal Society, elected in 1672.
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Brian Cox, a professor of physics, was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 2016 having previously held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (URF) from 2005 to 2013

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Dorothy Hodgkin

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Nobel Prize-winning British chemist who advanced the technique of X-ray crystallography to determine the structure of biomolecules, which became essential for structural biology.

Nobel Prize-winning British chemist who advanced the technique of X-ray crystallography to determine the structure of biomolecules, which became essential for structural biology.

Model of the structure of penicillin, by Hodgkin, Oxford, c. 1945
Molecular model of penicillin by Hodgkin, c. 1945
Molecular structure of vitamin B12, as established by Hodgkin
Order of Merit insignia of Dorothy Hodgkin, displayed in the Royal Society, London

She was a fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, from 1977 to 1983.

By then she had been married for 12 years, given birth to three children and been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS).