Professor Malcolm Longair took over the reins of Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society in 2016. Since then, his workload has doubled, following the decision to increase the output of the journal from one to two Volumes a year, starting with the publication of Volumes 64 and 65 in 2018.

Since doubling the output of the publication, it has published over 60 memoirs of late Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society, celebrating the fascinating lives and work of some of the UK’s, and the world’s, greatest scientists of the last century.

Here, Malcolm discusses our aim of providing a broad and accessible history of science through these memoirs, covering the fields of engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine and everything in between.



It was particularly exciting to highlight the life’s work of Professor Stephen Hawking earlier this year in Volume 66. However, we have more to look forward to later in the year with the memoirs for Volume 67 scheduled for publication over the coming months. You can read these as they are ready on our website.

We look forward to the next 3 years of celebrating the lives of some of our most influential scientists.


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