It’s almost time to celebrate with friends and family for the festive season, but before that, we had a little celebration of our own. On 30 November each year we celebrate Anniversary Day. This year was particularly special, not only as it was our 355th, but that it was time for us to welcome a new president. Sir Paul Nurse came to the end of his five year term and made way for Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, who took office on 1 December 2015.
With so many great scientists visiting the Society for the big day, we decided to track down some of the most well-known, those that have taken science’s most coveted Prize, the Nobel.
01:17 Sir Paul Nurse, who won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2001, gives his final Anniversary Day address.
04.52 Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, current President of the Royal Society and winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, shares his aspirations for the next five years.
14.40 Professor Peter Higgs, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics, shares his experience of being at the centre of a major discovery, as well as how he deals with all the selfies.
20.16 Finally, Dr Tomas Lindahl, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, talks about his ground-breaking research and his love of fine wine.