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Presidents of the Royal Society


57 People in sitter grouping:

The Royal Society was established in 1660 by a group including Sir Christopher Wren, as 'a Colledge for the Promoting of Physico-Mathematicall Experimentall Learning'. It gained approval from Charles II and acquired a Royal Charter in 1662. The President is elected by the society's council, presides over meetings and is chairman of the Trustees. Initially there was no limit on the time a president could serve. Since 1870, it has been tradition for the President to serve for a 5 year period. In a backlash against the election of wealthy amateurs to position of President, the decision was made in 1847 to elect the President based solely on their scientific credentials.

Sir George Biddell Airy

Sir George Biddell Airy

1801-1892
Astronomer Royal
Sitter associated with 24 portraits
Sir Joseph Banks, Bt

Sir Joseph Banks, Bt

1743-1820
Explorer and botanist
Sitter associated with 35 portraits
Patrick Blackett

Patrick Blackett

1897-1974
Physicist; government and military advisor; recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics
Sitter in 26 portraits
William Brouncker, 2nd Viscount Brouncker

William Brouncker, 2nd Viscount Brouncker

1620-1684
Mathematician; first President of the Royal Society
Sitter in 4 portraits
Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

1778-1829
Natural philosopher
Sitter in 20 portraits
Sir Alan Lloyd Hodgkin

Sir Alan Lloyd Hodgkin

1914-1998
Physiologist
Sitter in 9 portraits
Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker

Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker

1817-1911
Botanist
Sitter in 14 portraits
Sir Andrew Fielding Huxley

Sir Andrew Fielding Huxley

1917-2012
Physiologist
Sitter in 9 portraits
Thomas Henry Huxley

Thomas Henry Huxley

1825-1895
Biologist and science educationist
Sitter in 48 portraits
William Thomson, Baron Kelvin

William Thomson, Baron Kelvin

1824-1907
Mathematician, physicist and inventor
Sitter in 30 portraits
Sir Aaron Klug

Sir Aaron Klug

1926-
Molecular biologist
Sitter in 2 portraits
Joseph Lister, Baron Lister

Joseph Lister, Baron Lister

1827-1912
Surgeon and founder of a system of antiseptic surgery
Sitter in 16 portraits
Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton

1642-1727
Mathematical scientist
Sitter associated with 46 portraits
Paul Nurse

Paul Nurse

1949-
Biochemist
Sitter in 3 portraits
Samuel Pepys

Samuel Pepys

1633-1703
Diarist and naval administrator
Sitter in 12 portraits
Martin John Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow

Martin John Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow

1942-
Professor of Astronomy and Cosmology and President of the Royal Society
Sitter in 3 portraits
Ernest Rutherford, Baron Rutherford

Ernest Rutherford, Baron Rutherford

1871-1937
Physicist
Sitter in 16 portraits
Sir Charles Scott Sherrington

Sir Charles Scott Sherrington

1857-1952
Physiologist
Sitter in 12 portraits
Sir Hans Sloane, Bt

Sir Hans Sloane, Bt

1660-1753
Physician and collector
Sitter in 8 portraits