At its Anniversary Day (30 November 2012), The Royal Society of London, this country's Academy of Sciences, celebrated the award of its premier distinction, the 2012 Copley Medal, to Sir John Walker for his contributions towards understanding how energy is produced in biology. The Copley Medal, first given in 1731 is the world's oldest award for scientific achievement, predating the Nobel Prize by 170 years. Previous winners include Captain James Cook, Louis Pasteur, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Francis Crick and Stephen Hawking.
The Royal Society's announcement is here: http://royalsociety.org/news/copley-winner-2012/
Details of the Anniversary Day can be found here: http://royalsociety.org/about-us/history/anniversary/2012/