Professor Polly Arnold has been awarded the 2012 Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award for her scientific achievements, suitability as a role model and proposal to promote women in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).
The award is made annually, starting in 2003, and is given to a researcher who has made an outstanding contribution to any area of STEM.
Polly is one of 20 Royal Society medallists for 2012. The scientists receive the awards in recognition of their achievements in a wide variety of fields of research - the uniting factor is the excellence of their work and the profound implications their findings have had for others working in their relevant fields and wider society.
"The recipients of the Society's awards and medals this year represent the best of the best in science yet again. Science can improve our health and quality of life, help solve the world's biggest problems, and support sustainability. These outstanding scientists work across a range of disciplines and their research could have real impact. We're very pleased to be able to recognise them in this way and highlight the important work they are doing."
Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society
July 16th 2012