Copley Medal

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The Copley Medal (English Copley Medal ) is an award given by the British Royal Society to scientists of all disciplines. It is the oldest and most valuable of the awards that the Royal Society regularly awards. The Copley Medal has been awarded annually to a scientist since 1731. The medal is named after Godfrey Copley , who was a wealthy landowner and himself a member of the Royal Society. It is silver-plated and has a cash prize of £ 25,000 . Among the excellent scientists are Charles Darwin , Albert Einstein and Léon Foucault .

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  • M. Yakup Bektas, Maurice Crosland : The Copley Medal: The Establishment of a Reward System in the Royal Society, 1731-1839 . In: Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London . Volume 46, Number 1, 1992, pp. 43-76 ( JSTOR 531440 ).
  • James Hudson: Report on the adjudication of the Copley, Rumford and Royal medals: and appointement of the Bakerian, Croonian and Fairchild lectures . Richard Taylor, London 1834 (online) .
  • Awards of the Copley Medal . In: Charles Richard Weld: A History of the Royal Society: With Memoirs of the Presidents . Volume 2, JW Parker, London 1848, pp. 566-572 (on-line) .

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