The Duncan Davies Medal

Duncan Davies Medal obverse

The Duncan Davies Medal is awarded annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution toward making the UK the best-performing research and development environment in the world. The Medallist shall be required to give The Duncan Davies Medal Lecture prior to the presentation of the Medal.

Nominations for the 2011 Duncan Davies Medal are now being accepted.

The 2010 Duncan Davies Medal lecture was given on 17 June 2010 by Dr Sue E Ion DBE FREng FIC FCGI FIM FNucI – Fuel for thought – meeting the energy challenges of the 21st Century.

The 2009 Duncan Davies Medal lecture was given on 12 October 2009 by Professor Dame Wendy Hall DBE FREng FRS on Research 2.0: the Age of Networks. On hearing of the award, Dame Wendy commented, “I’m deeply flattered by the offer of this award – I cant believe the company I find myself in when I look at the list of previous recipients. I am pleased that this award recognises my commitment to attracting more women into computer science. I believe my research area of the semantic web will open up a whole new wave of businesses, applications, services and R&D processes in the future, which the UK could lead, if it takes advantage of the talents of the very best men and women.”

The medal is solid silver, and was designed by the award-winning portrait sculptor Philip Nathan. It features a portrait of Duncan Davies on the obverse, with the recipient’s name on the reverse.

Previous Medalists with lecture titles

  • 1990 Mr Robert Malpas – Marketing the Future
  • 1991 Sir Austin Bide – The influence of science and technology on social progress
  • 1992 Dr Brian Newbould -The Birth And Growth Of The Pharmaceutical Industry
  • 1993 Dr Derek Roberts – How To Get The Best Out Of Academic Research
  • 1994 Sir Robin Nicholson – Industrial R&D In The UK: A New Future?
  • 1995 Mr David McMurtry – Cost-Effective R&D In A Small High-Tech Environment
  • 1996 Sir Geoffrey Allen – A Sporting Attitude To R&D
  • 1997 Sir Richard Sykes – Science In The Business Context: Turning Technology Into Health And Wealth
  • 1998 Dr Alan Rudge – Research, Relevance, And The Road To Ruin
  • 1999 Sir Peter Williams – Barriers To Innovation: Myth Or Reality?
  • 2000 Lord Melvyn Bragg – Enhancing The Level Of Public Debate On Scientific Matters
  • 2001 Phil Ruffles – Linking Research & Development To Corporate Strategy And Growth
  • 2002 Professor Richard Brook – Maecenas And The Multitude: Reflections On Peer Review
  • 2003 Lord Sainsbury – Exploiting R&D At Regional Level
  • 2004 Dame Bridget M. Ogilvie – The Quixotic Nature Of The Involvement Of The Community In The Development Of New Medical Treatments
  • 2005 Lord Kumar Bhattacharya – The Expanding World Of Technology
  • 2006 Sir Tom McKillop – The Challenges of Innovation
  • 2007 Sir Robin Saxby – From start up in a barn in Cambridge to global standard and beyond
  • 2008 Sir David King – The challenges of the 21st century
  • 2009 Professor Dame Wendy Hall DBE FREng FRS – Research 2.0: the Age of Networks

About Duncan Davies

Dr Duncan Davies was the third President of the R&D Society, and began his presidency in 1982, shortly after retiring as Chief Scientist and Engineer at the Department of Trade and Industry. Passionately concerned about R&D in the UK, he took a very active interest in the work of the Society and encouraged the Executive Committee to embark on an ambitious and successful recruitment drive. His sudden demise in 1986 came as a harsh blow to the Society and to UK R&D. To acknowledge the debt that it owed to Duncan Davies’s leadership, the Society decided to establish a medal in his memory

An appraisal of The Legacy of Duncan Davies was published by R&D Society member David Fishlock OBE in the June/July 2002 issue of R&D Efficiency.