Biographical Memoirs free access slide


We are delighted to announce that the archive of Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society is now permanently free to access.

The Royal Society first published short obituaries of its Fellows in 1830, in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. From 1932, fuller memoirs of nearly every deceased Fellow and Foreign Member have appeared in Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society (1932 to 1954) and Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society (1955 onwards). A guide to finding obituaries can be found here.

Readers can now access all content that is over one year old. This includes memoirs of distinguished Fellows such as Albert Einstein, Dorothy Hodgkin, Sir Alan Parkes, Alan Turing, Dame Miriam Rothschild and John Bernal.

Find out more about the Biographical Memoirs in this interview with the Editor-in-Chief, Malcolm Longair.


  • BG

    A great contribution to the history of science.

  • Gina Douglas

    For anyone working in the History of Science, the Biographical Memoirs are an essential source of information, and it is excellent that they are now freely available to all.