The lecture will be awarded to a person internationally recognised for the contribution to basic research in the field of diabetes.
The successful nominee will deliver the lecture and also be expected to:
- hold an informal meet the lecturer session
- be available to accept invitations from one or more UK University Departments.
The presenter of the Dorothy Hodgkin Lecture will be asked to submit a review article of the lecture to Diabetic Medicine at the time the lecture is presented, for which an additional honorarium will be paid.
Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin OM FRS (1910–1994), known as the 'crystallographer's crystallographer', has been described as one of the most outstanding scientists – and personalities – of the 20th century.
She became a fellow of the Royal Society in 1947 and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1964 for her pioneering work on the crystalline structure of penicillin and Vitamin B12. She extended her investigations to the structure of the insulin molecule in the 1960s, was the Banting Memorial Lecturer of the British Diabetic Association (now Diabetes UK) in 1976, and, with Professor Guy Dodson and others, made major contributions to the understanding of the relationships between the structure and function of the hormone.
She was internationally known and respected, not only for her brilliant science but also for her unremitting support for international cooperation and human understanding.