|Royal Society Milner Award and Lecture|
|Awarded for||"outstanding achievement in computer science by a European researcher"|
|Presented by||The Royal Society|
|Website||Milner Award and Lecture|
The Royal Society Milner Award, formally the Royal Society Milner Award and Lecture, is awarded annually by the Royal Society, a London-based learned society, for "outstanding achievement in computer science by a European researcher". The award is supported by Microsoft Research and is named in honour of Robin Milner, a prolific pioneer in computer science who, among other contributions, designed LCF and the programming language ML.
Recipients should be active researchers in computer science who are either European or have resided in Europe for at least 12 months prior to their nomination. Winners receive a bronze medal and a personal prize of £5,000 and are invited to deliver a public lecture on their research at the Society. The Council of the Royal Society chooses recipients on the recommendation of the Milner Award Committee. The Committee is made up of Fellows of the Royal Society, Members of the Académie des sciences (France), and Members of Leopoldina (Germany).
Preceding the Milner Award was the Royal Society and Académie des sciences Microsoft Award, which rewarded scientists in Europe for advancements in science using computational methods. It lasted from 2006 to 2009 until it was replaced by the current award. The ACM SIGPLAN Robin Milner Young Researcher Award is a similar award rewarded for "outstanding contributions by young investigators in the area of programming languages".
The inaugural winner Gordon Plotkin received his prize in 2012 but delivered his public lecture in 2013, the same year as Serge Abiteboul. In 2018, Marta Kwiatkowska became the first female recipient of the award. Although the 2019 recipient Eugene Myers is American, he moved to Dresden, Germany, in 2012 to become a director of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, thus meeting the criteria for a researcher who is European or has lived in Europe for at least 12 months. Due to infection control measures taken because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 lecture was held as a Zoom webinar.
|2012||Gordon Plotkin||British||For "his fundamental research into programming semantics with lasting impact on both the principles and design of programming languages"|||
|2013||Serge Abiteboul||French||For "his world leading database research with significant scientific and industrial impact"|||
|2014||Bernhard Schölkopf||German||For "being a pioneer in machine learning whose work defined the field of 'kernel machines' which are widely used in all areas of science and industry"|||
|2015||Thomas Henzinger||Austrian||For "his fundamental advances in the theory and practice of formal verification and synthesis of reactive, real-time, and hybrid computer systems"|||
|2016||Xavier Leroy||French||For "his exceptional achievements in computer programming which includes the design and implementation of the OCaml programming language"|||
|Andrew Zisserman||British||For "his work on computational theory and commercial systems for geometrical images and as a pioneer in machine learning for vision"|||
|2018||Marta Kwiatkowska||Polish||For "her contribution to the theoretical and practical development of stochastic and quantitative model checking"|||
|2019||Eugene Myers||American||For "his development of computational techniques that have brought genome sequencing into everyday use, underpinned key biological sequencing tools, and made large scale analysis of biological images practical"|||
|Cordelia Schmid||French||For "her work in computer vision and her fundamental contributions to the representation of images and videos for visual recognition"|||
|2021||Zoubin Ghahramani||British / Iranian||For "his fundamental contributions to probabilistic machine learning"|||
|Yvonne Rogers||British||For "contributions to Human-Computer Interaction and the design of human-centred technology"|||