This prize lecture was given on a subject relating to the history of science.
The Wilkins Lecture is now incorporated into the annual Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Lecture. Previously the Wilkins Lecture was given triennially on the subject of the history of science.
The lectureship was established following an endowment by JD Griffith Davies, Assistant Secretary of the Society from 1937 to 1946. The first lecture was given in 1948. The Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Lecture was formed in 2006.