Fellow of the Royal Society

Headquarters of the Royal Society in Carlton House Terrace in London
Isaac Newton was one of the earliest fellows of the Royal Society, elected in 1672.
Stephen Hawking was elected a fellow in 1974
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Bill Bryson was elected an Honorary Member in 2013
David Attenborough was elected a fellow in 1983, under former statute 12
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

Award granted by the judges of the Royal Society of London to individuals who have made a "substantial contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge, including mathematics, engineering science, and medical science".

- Fellow of the Royal Society
Headquarters of the Royal Society in Carlton House Terrace in London

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Coat of arms of the Royal Society

Royal Society

Learned society and the United Kingdom's national academy of sciences.

Learned society and the United Kingdom's national academy of sciences.

Coat of arms of the Royal Society
Entrance to the Royal Society at 6–9 Carlton House Terrace, London
John Evelyn, who helped to found the Royal Society.
Mace granted by Charles II.
Sir Isaac Newton FRS, President of Royal Society, 1703–1727. Newton was one of the earliest Fellows of the Royal Society, elected in 1672.
Lord Hardwicke, leader of the "Hardwicke Circle" that dominated society politics during the 1750s and '60s
Burlington House, where the Society was based between 1873 and 1967
The coat of arms of the Royal Society
J. J. Thomson was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1884.
Stephen Hawking was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1974.
The Royal Society Collections at the University of London History Day, 2019.
The current premises of the Royal Society, 6–9 Carlton House Terrace, London (first four properties only)
Title page of the first edition of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society published in 1665

As of 2016, there are about 1,600 fellows, allowed to use the postnominal title FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society), with up to 52 new fellows appointed each year.

The Zirkel of a German Student Corps. This symbol captures the letters "v, c, f, A", as post-nominal for that fraternity.

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The Zirkel of a German Student Corps. This symbol captures the letters "v, c, f, A", as post-nominal for that fraternity.

Only postnominals indicating honorific fellowships (e.g., FRS, FBA, FREng) are normally used socially.

Onora O'Neill

British philosopher and a crossbench member of the House of Lords.

British philosopher and a crossbench member of the House of Lords.

In 1999, she was created a life peer as Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve, of The Braid in the County of Antrim, and in 2007 was elected an Honorary FRS.

Dorothy Hodgkin

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

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

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Fellow

Broad concept whose exact meaning depends on context.

Broad concept whose exact meaning depends on context.

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Fellowships of this type can be awarded as a title of honor in their own right, e.g. the Fellowship of the Royal Society (FRS).

Srinivasa Ramanujan

Indian mathematician who lived during the British Rule in India. Though he had almost no formal training in pure mathematics, he made substantial contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions, including solutions to mathematical problems then considered unsolvable.

Indian mathematician who lived during the British Rule in India. Though he had almost no formal training in pure mathematics, he made substantial contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions, including solutions to mathematical problems then considered unsolvable.

Ramanujan's birthplace on 18 Alahiri Street, Erode, now in Tamil Nadu
Ramanujan's home on Sarangapani Sannidhi Street, Kumbakonam
Ramanujan (centre) and his colleague G. H. Hardy (rightmost), with other scientists, outside the Senate House, Cambridge, c.1914–19
Whewell's Court, Trinity College, Cambridge
Bust of Ramanujan in the garden of in Kolkata, India
The 2012 Indian stamp dedicated to the National Mathematics Day and featuring Ramanujan
Ramanujan on stamp of India (2011)

He became one of the youngest Fellows of the Royal Society and only the second Indian member, and the first Indian to be elected a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

John Pethica

Science Foundation Ireland (S.F.I.) professor of material science at Trinity College, Dublin, Chief Scientific Advisor at the UK's National Physical Laboratory, and a visiting professor at Oxford University.

Science Foundation Ireland (S.F.I.) professor of material science at Trinity College, Dublin, Chief Scientific Advisor at the UK's National Physical Laboratory, and a visiting professor at Oxford University.

In 1999, Pethica was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS).

Ramakrishnan in 2015

Venki Ramakrishnan

Indian-born British and American structural biologist who shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Thomas A. Steitz and Ada Yonath, "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome".

Indian-born British and American structural biologist who shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Thomas A. Steitz and Ada Yonath, "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome".

Ramakrishnan in 2015
Ramakrishnan at the Nobel Prize Press conference in 2009.

While he prefers not to use titles and post-nominals in reference, Ramakrishnan is entitled to use the title of "Sir" and FRS in Commonwealth countries.

Moore in 2002 at the opening of the South Downs Planetarium & Science Centre

Patrick Moore

English amateur astronomer who attained prominence in that field as a writer, researcher, radio commentator and television presenter.

English amateur astronomer who attained prominence in that field as a writer, researcher, radio commentator and television presenter.

Moore in 2002 at the opening of the South Downs Planetarium & Science Centre
Patrick Moore signing his book "The Astronomy of Birr Castle" at NIHE - 1985
Moore with his co-presenter Chris Lintott and Brian May, astrophysicist and Queen guitarist, at AstroFest in 2007
Bronze bust of Moore at the National Space Centre, Leicester

In 2001, he was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society (HonFRS), the only amateur astronomer ever to achieve the distinction.

CBE neck decoration (in civil division)

Jean Beggs

Scottish geneticist.

Scottish geneticist.

CBE neck decoration (in civil division)

She has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh since 1995 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1998.