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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
John Somers, Baron Somers

John Somers, Baron Somers

1651-1716
Lord Chancellor
Sitter associated with 38 portraits
Sir Christopher Wren

Sir Christopher Wren

1632-1723
Architect and scientist
Sitter in 14 portraits
Edgar Douglas Adrian, 1st Baron Adrian

Edgar Douglas Adrian, 1st Baron Adrian

1889-1977
Physiologist and chancellor of Cambridge University
Sitter in 20 portraits
Sir Michael Francis Atiyah

Sir Michael Francis Atiyah

1929-
Mathematician; Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge
Sitter in 3 portraits
Sir William Henry Bragg

Sir William Henry Bragg

1862-1942
Physicist and crystallographer
Sitter in 11 portraits
Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie, 1st Bt

Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie, 1st Bt

1783-1862
Physiologist and surgeon
Sitter in 6 portraits
Sir James Burrow

Sir James Burrow

1701-1782
Editor of law reports
Sitter in 2 portraits
John Vaughan, 3rd Earl of Carbery

John Vaughan, 3rd Earl of Carbery

1639-1713
Governor of Jamaica and courtier
Sitter in 7 portraits
Sir William Crookes

Sir William Crookes

1832-1919
Chemist and science journalist
Sitter in 8 portraits
Sir Henry Hallett Dale

Sir Henry Hallett Dale

1875-1968
Physiologist and pharmacologist
Sitter associated with 27 portraits
Howard Walter Florey, Baron Florey

Howard Walter Florey, Baron Florey

1898-1968
Experimental pathologist and bacteriologist
Sitter in 6 portraits
Martin Folkes

Martin Folkes

1690-1754
Antiquary
Sitter in 20 portraits | Artist associated with 1 portrait
Sir Archibald Geikie

Sir Archibald Geikie

1835-1924
Geologist and historian
Sitter in 5 portraits
Davies Gilbert

Davies Gilbert

1767-1839
Scientist and antiquary; President of the Royal Society
Sitter in 9 portraits
Sir Cyril Norman Hinshelwood

Sir Cyril Norman Hinshelwood

1897-1967
Physical chemist and biochemist
Sitter in 5 portraits
Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins

Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins

1861-1947
Biochemist
Sitter in 4 portraits
Sir John Hoskins, 2nd Bt

Sir John Hoskins, 2nd Bt

1634-1705
Master in Chancery and President of the Royal Society
Sitter in 3 portraits
Sir William Huggins

Sir William Huggins

1824-1910
Astronomer
Sitter in 4 portraits
George Parker, 2nd Earl of Macclesfield

George Parker, 2nd Earl of Macclesfield

circa 1697-1764
Astronomer and politician
Sitter in 1 portrait
Robert McCredie May, Baron May of Oxford

Robert McCredie May, Baron May of Oxford

1936-2020
Zoologist, ecologist and scientific adviser
Sitter in 3 portraits