Frances Arnold received the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
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Science fields are improving at being more inclusive. But explicit and implicit barriers still hold women back from advancing in the same numbers as men to the upper reaches of STEM academia.
Seventeen prizes were awarded in this year’s ceremony, recognising a diverse group of scientific minds devoted to solving key 21st century issues.
The 2020 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science have recognised momentous achievements in astrophysics, sustainability innovation, epigenetics and primary and secondary teaching excellence.
Cheryl Praeger was awarded the 2019 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science. She has spent more than four decades inspiring a love for maths in others, and has created a vast body of academic work in the process.
The prizes are among the country’s most prestigious accolades for science-related achievements. This year marks their 20th anniversary.
Alfred Nobel didn’t foresee the current era of mega scientific collaboration.
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Today’s scientific research is characterized by interdisciplinary, international collaboration. Awards like the Nobel Prizes haven’t caught up.
Galileo demonstrates a telescope to the doge of Venice.
People have always known science would advance faster with various incentives and rewards. As modern experimental science took off, these took the form of gifts and favors to and from wealthy elites.
Laura de Mingo
Glamorous award ceremonies and popular TV shows can only get you so far – finding the time to do the science is still the most important thing.
Spotting ancient volcanoes of Britain.
University of Bristol
A British volcanologist has won one of the most prestigious awards in science – the Vetlesen Prize, which is considered to be the earth sciences equivalent of the Nobel Prize. Stephen Sparks of the University…