Definition of the Royal Society from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the Royal Society

 
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the oldest and most important scientific organization in Britain, formed in 1660. Among its first members were Robert Boyle and Christopher Wren, and its presidents have included Isaac Newton and Ernest Rutherford. Its work now includes scientific publishing and giving awards. Being elected as a fellow (= member) of the Royal Society is one of the highest honours in British science. The Society's main buildings are at Carlton House Terrace in London.