15 Facts About Royal Society


Royal Society, formally The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge, is a learned society and the United Kingdom's national academy of sciences.

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Royal Society is governed by its Council, which is chaired by the Royal Society's President, according to a set of statutes and standing orders.

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The Royal Society President is Adrian Smith, who took up the post and started his 5 year term on 30 November 2020, replacing the previous president Venki Ramakrishnan.

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Royal Society started from groups of physicians and natural philosophers, meeting at a variety of locations, including Gresham College in London.

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The scientific Fellows of the Royal Society were spurred into action by this, and eventually James South established a Charters Committee "with a view to obtaining a supplementary Charter from the Crown", aimed primarily at looking at ways to restrict membership.

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The Royal Society moved there in 1873, taking up residence in the East Wing.

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Blazon for the shield in the coat of arms of the Royal Society is in a dexter corner of a shield argent our three Lions of England, and for crest a helm adorned with a crown studded with florets, surmounted by an eagle of proper colour holding in one foot a shield charged with our lions: supporters two white hounds gorged with crowns, with the motto of nullius in verba.

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Royal fellows are those members of the British Royal Family, representing the British monarchy's role in promoting and supporting the society, who are recommended by the society's council and elected via postal vote.

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Royal Society is governed by its council, which is chaired by the society's president, according to a set of statutes and standing orders.

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The building is still owned by the Crown Estates and leased by the Royal Society; it underwent a major renovation from 2001 to 2004 at the cost of £9.

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The Royal Society spent several million on renovations adapting it to become the Kavli Royal Society International Centre, a venue for residential science seminars.

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Royal Society introduced the world's first journal exclusively devoted to science in 1665, Philosophical Transactions, and in so doing originated the peer review process now widespread in scientific journals.

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Journal of the Royal Society Interface publishes cross-disciplinary research at the boundary between the physical and life sciences, while Interface Focus, publishes themed issue in the same areas.

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Royal Society Open Science is an open access journal publishing high-quality original research across the entire range of science on the basis of objective peer-review.

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In May 2021, the Royal Society announced plans to transition its four hybrid research journals to open access.

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