Sir Andre Geim wins Copley Medal for discovery of graphene
25 July 2013
The Royal Society has awarded Sir Andre Geim FRS of Manchester
University the Copley Medal for his
contributions to science and in particular his work on graphene.
Graphene was discovered at the University of Manchester in 2004
and has since been found to have many applications, ranging from
flexible electronic screens or "e-paper" to drug delivery and
Geim’s collaborator at the University of Manchester, Professor
Sir Konstantin Novoselov, receives the Royal Society’s Leverhulme
Medal this year. The two shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010.
Geim and Novoselov have published numerous research papers
demonstrating the many applications of graphene including ultrafast
transistors just one atom thick — making it a potential successor to
silicon — and sensors that can detect just a single molecule of a
The Copley medal is believed to be the world's oldest scientific
prize. It was first awarded by the Royal Society in 1731, 170 years
before the first Nobel Prize and has been awarded to such eminent
scientists as Charles Darwin, Michael Faraday, Albert Einstein and
Other winners include:
Sir Walter Bodmer FRS, Royal Medal, for seminal contributions to
population genetics, gene mapping and understanding of familial
Professor Peter Wells FRS, Royal Medal, for pioneering the
application of the physical and engineering sciences to the
development of ultrasonics as a diagnostic and surgical tool which
has revolutionised clinical practice.
Professor Christofer Toumazou FREng FRS, Gabor Medal, for his
success in applying semiconductor technology to biomedical and
life-science applications, most recently to DNA analysis.
Professor Douglas Higgs FRS, Buchanan Medal, for his seminal work
on the regulation of the human alpha-globin gene cluster and the
role of the ATRX protein in genetic disease.
The full list of Royal Society award winners is at