The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge, known as the Royal Society, is a learned society for science, and is possibly the oldest such society in existence. Founded in November 1660, it was granted a Royal Charter by King Charles II as the "Royal Society of London". The Society today acts as a scientific advisor to the British government, receiving a parliamentary grant-in-aid. The Society acts as the UK's Academy of Sciences, and funds research fellowships and scientific start-up companies.
The Society is governed by its Council, which is chaired by the Society's President, according to a set of Statutes and Standing Orders. The members of Council and the President are elected from and by its Fellows, the basic members of the Society, who are themselves elected by existing Fellows. There are currently 1,314 Fellows, allowed to use the postnominal title FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society), with 44 new Fellows appointed each year. There are also Royal Fellows, Honorary Fellows and Foreign Fellows, the last of which are allowed to use their postnominal title ForMemRS (Foreign Member of the Royal Society). The current Royal Society President is Sir Paul Nurse, who took up the position on 30 November 2010.
Since 1967, the Society has been based at 6–9 Carlton House Terrace, a Grade I listed building in central London.
Other articles related to "royal society, royal, society":
... where she became Foulerton Professor of the Royal Society in 2000, and moved again to the University of Bath in 2007, retaining the Foulerton Professor title ... She was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society in 1998, a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2000, a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences ...
... partial list from the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A Letter from Dr ... Thomas Molyneux, Fellow of the Royal Society to the Right Reverend St ... Fellow of the King and Queens Colledge of Physicians in Ireland, and of the Royal Society in England Phil ...
... The Royal Society presents numerous awards, lectures and medals to recognise scientific achievement ... of William Croone, one of the founding members of the Royal Society ... on an annual basis, and is considered the most important Royal Society prize for the biological sciences ...
... Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 2 (6) 299–309 ... Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 42 (1) 14 ... Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 4 (1) 24–37 ...
... In 1971, at the age of 28, Mike was elected as an associate of The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (at that time known as the Royal Society of Painter-Et ... Secretary and Vice President, and is now a senior fellow of the society ... In 1997, having been an associate since 1993, Mike was elected to Full Member of the Royal Watercolour Society ...
Famous quotes containing the words society and/or royal:
“Probably I should not consciously and deliberately forsake my particular calling to do the good which society demands of me, to save the universe from annihilation; and I believe that a like but infinitely greater steadfastness elsewhere is all that now preserves it.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)
“The captain sat in a commodores hat
And dined in a royal way
On toasted pigs and pickles and figs
And gummery bread each day.”
—Charles Edward Carryl (18411920)