Royal Society

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The Royal Society is Britain's preeminent scientific institution. It was founded in 1660, and early Fellows included Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, Robert Hooke and Isaac Newton. Past presidents include Wren, Newton, Joseph Banks, Humphrey Davy, Charles Darwin, Lord Kelvin, Lord Lister and Ernest Rutherford.

Election Process

Fellows of the Royal Society are elected for life through a peer review process that culminates in a vote by existing Fellows. The main criterion for election as a Fellow is scientific excellence.

Current Fellows

Current Fellows include Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking, Harry Kroto, Tim Berners-Lee, Paul Nurse and John Sulston.

U.S. counterpart

Its U.S. counterpart is the National Academy of Science.

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