In 1920, he became a Foreign Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences .  In 1922, he was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect".  While the general theory of relativity was still considered somewhat controversial, the citation also does not treat the cited work as an explanation but merely as a discovery of the law , as the idea of photons was considered outlandish and did not receive universal acceptance until the 1924 derivation of the Planck spectrum by S. N. Bose . Einstein was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) in 1921 .  He also received the Copley Medal from the Royal Society in 1925.