This medal is awarded for work of acknowledged distinction in evolution, population biology, organismal biology and biological diversity.
The Darwin Medal is awarded biennially (in even years) for "work of acknowledged distinction in the broad area of biology in which Charles Darwin worked, notably in evolution, population biology, organismal biology and biological diversity.”
The medal was created in memory of Charles Darwin FRS and was first awarded in 1890.
If possible the Committee will award the medal to an early-to-mid career scientist. The award is open to citizens of a Commonwealth country or of the Irish Republic or those who have been ordinarily resident and working in a Commonwealth country or in the Irish Republic for a minimum of three years immediately prior to being proposed.
The recipient is chosen by the Council of the Royal Society on the recommendation of the Biological Sciences Awards Committee. Nominations are valid for five years after which the candidate cannot be re-nominated until a year after the nomination has expired. The medal is accompanied by a gift of £1,000.
The next call for nominations for this award will open in 2015.
Most recent medallist
Professor Timothy Clutton-Brock FRS was awarded the Darwin Medal in 2012 for his outstanding work on the diversity of animal societies and demonstration of their effects on the evolution of reproductive strategies, the operation of selection and the dynamics of populations.