Mary Rose Trust scientist wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry prize | The Mary Rose
Mary Rose Trust scientist wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry prize
Professor Eleanor Schofield has been named the winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Interdisciplinary Prize, celebrating the most exciting chemical science taking place today.

Based at Mary Rose Trust, Professor Schofield won the prize for contributions to understanding degradation processes in archaeological materials, cultural heritage science and conservation.

Professor Schofield also receives £5000 and a medal.

On receiving the prize, Professor Schofield said:

“I am delighted and overwhelmed to be awarded this prize. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to work in the world of heritage, with amazing colleagues, volunteers and research collaborators. I have no doubt that without them I would not be receiving this reward and therefore I sincerely thank them all.”

Professor Schofield's work at the Mary Rose Trust involves caring for a unique Tudor collection, which comprises many different materials. Fundamental to that is understanding what the materials are, how they have changed and how any conservation treatment applied to them has worked, or not. It draws on many aspects of science and engineering, and requires Eleanor to partner with other scientists all over the world. What they discover is often not only relevant to the Trust's collection, but to other collections caring for similar items. Eleanor's work also makes sure that the Trust's collection is available for viewing, enjoying, understanding and interpreting for years to come.

Dr Helen Pain, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry, said:

“All of us have experienced tremendous challenges in the last year and the chemical sciences community has been integral to how the world has responded on a number of levels. From developing vaccines for COVID-19 to continuing to work towards a more sustainable world – the contribution of chemical scientists has never been more tangible or important.

“In a recent review of our recognition portfolio, we committed to ensuring that our prizes reflected the incredible diversity and excellence of chemistry being carried out today. Professor Schofield’s work is a prime example of what we are so passionate about and we are proud to recognise her contribution with this prize.”

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s prizes have recognised excellence in the chemical sciences for more than 150 years. In 2019, the organisation announced the biggest overhaul of this portfolio in its history, designed to better reflect modern science.

Ellie Schofield
Royal Society of Chemistry Prize Winner - Professor Schofield

The Research and Innovation Prizes – of which the Interdisciplinary Prize is one – celebrate brilliant individuals across industry and academia. They include prizes for those at different career stages in general chemistry and for those working in specific fields, as well as interdisciplinary prizes and prizes for those in specific roles.

Of those to have won a Royal Society of Chemistry Prize, over 50 have gone on to win Nobel Prizes for their pioneering work, including 2019 Nobel laureate John B Goodenough.

For more information about the RSC’s modern Prizes portfolio, visit