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The Royal Society Opens, 28th November 1660

What is the oldest Scientific Society in the world? to be a member adds the letters FFS letters to your title? Opening in 1660 by Royal Charter?

Granted by Royal Charter, King Charles II The Royal Academy is the United Kingdom and Commonwealth Academy of Sciences. The members of the society are known as Fellows, 54 new Fellows join approximately every year making around 1600 Fellows in total. The Society is governed by a council which in itself is elected from the members.  Fellows can write against their name FFS (Fellow of the Royal Society)

The Royal Society has been based at Carlton House Terrace since 1967 (former German Embassy)

Former Presidents of the Royal Society

1662-1677
Civil servant and politician
William Brouncker, 2nd Viscount Brouncker
1677–1680
Architect, astronomer, and physicist
Sir Joseph Williamson
1680–1682
Lawyer
Sir Christopher Wren
1682–1683
Lawyer and politician
Sir John Hoskyns, Bt
1683–1684
Naval administrator and Member of Parliament
Cyril Wyche
1684–1686
Politician
Samuel Pepys
1686–1689
Politician
The Earl of Carbery
1689–1690
Diplomat
The Earl of Pembroke
1690–1695
Poet and statesman
Sir Robert Southwell
1695–1698
Jurist and statesman
Charles Montagu
1698–1703
Physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian
The Lord Somers
1703–1727
Physician and collector
Sir Isaac Newton
1727–1741
Antiquarian
Sir Hans Sloane, Bt
1741–1752
Astronomer
Martin Folkes
1752–1764
Astronomer and a representative peer
The Earl of Macclesfield
1764–1768
Legal reporter
The Earl of Morton
1768-1768
Politician and antiquarian
James Burrow
1768–1772
Legal reporter
James West
1772-1772
Physician
James Burrow
1772–1778
Naturalist and botanist
Sir John Pringle
1778–1820
Chemist
Sir Joseph Banks
1820-1820
Chemist and inventor
William Hyde Wollaston
1820–1827
Engineer, author and politician
Sir Humphry Davy, Bt
1827–1830
Sixth son of George III of the United Kingdom
Davies Gilbert
1830–1838
Nobleman
HRH The Duke of Sussex
1838–1848
Astronomer
The Marquess of Northampton
1848–1854
Astronomer
The Earl of Rosse
1854–1858
Physiologist and surgeon
The Lord Wrottesley
1858–1861
Astronomer, geophysicist, ornithologist and explorer
Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie, Bt
1861–1871
Mathematician and astronomer
Sir Edward Sabine
1871–1873
Botanist and explorer
Sir George Biddell Airy
1873–1878
Mathematician and physicist
Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker
1878–1883
Biologist
William H. Spottiswoode
1883–1885
Mathematician and physicist
Thomas Henry Huxley
1885–1890
Mathematical physicist
Sir George Stokes
1890–1895
Surgeon
Sir William Thomson
1895–1900
Astronomer
The Lord Lister
1900–1905
Physicist
Sir William Huggins
1905–1908
Geologist and writer
The Lord Rayleigh
1908–1913
Chemist and physicist
Sir Archibald Geikie
1913–1915
Physicist
Sir William Crookes
1915–1920
Neurophysiologist, histologist, bacteriologist, and pathologist
Sir Joseph John Thomson
1920–1925
Physicist and chemist
Sir Charles Scott Sherrington
1925–1930
Biophysicist
The Lord Rutherford of Nelson
1930–1935
Physicist, chemist and mathematician
Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins
1935–1940
Pharmacologist and physiologist
Sir William Henry Bragg
1940–1945
Organic chemist
Sir Henry Hallett Dale
1945–1950
Electrophysiologist
Sir Robert Robinson
1950–1955
Physical chemist
The Lord Adrian
1955–1960
Pharmacologist and pathologist
Sir Cyril Norman Hinshelwood
1960–1965
Physicist
Sir Howard Florey
1965–1970
Physiologist and Biophysicist
Patrick Blackett (The Lord Blackett after 1969)
1970–1975
Biochemist
Sir Alan Lloyd Hodgkin
1975–1980
Physiologist and biophysicist
The Lord Todd
1980–1985
Chemist
Sir Andrew Huxley
1985–1990
Mathematician
Sir George Porter
1990–1995
Chemist and biophysicist
Sir Michael Atiyah
1995–2000
Mathematical Biologist
Sir Aaron Klug
2000–2005
Cosmologist and astrophysicist
Sir Robert May (The Lord May of Oxford after 2001)
2005–2010
Geneticist and cell biologist
The Lord Rees of Ludlow
2010–2015
Biophysicist
Sir Paul Nurse
2015–present
Nobel Prize for Chemistry
Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

 

 

 

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