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Royal Society 2011 Award Recipients Announced

Today, the U.K. Royal Society announced the recipients of its awards, medals, and prize lectures for 2011. Among the winning scientists, recognized for their achievements in fields ranging from organic chemistry to "mathematical population biology of immunology," is Christopher Lintott, a postdoc at the University of Oxford and one of the founders of Galaxy Zoo (an online crowdsourcing initiative inviting the public to help in classifying galaxies), who received the Kohn Award for his work with the social aspects of science. The society's premier award, the Copley Medal, along with £5000, goes to Dan McKenzie of the University of Cambridge, for contributions to the understanding of geophysical phenomena such as plate tectonics. In studies that have taken him to Albania, India, and Iceland, he has studied the structure of the planet's crust and how the mantle melts.