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Darwin Medal

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The award

The medal is awarded biennially (in even years) for work of acknowledged distinction in evolution, population biology, organismal biology and biological diversity.

The Darwin Medal was created in memory of Charles Darwin FRS and was first awarded in 1890 to noted biologist and naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace FRS 'for his independent origination of the theory of the origin of species by natural selection.'

The next round of nominations will open in November 2017.

Darwin Medallist 2016

Dame Caroline Dean OBE FRS

The Darwin Medal 2016 is awarded to Dame Caroline Dean OBE FRS for her work addressing fundamental questions in the perception of temperature cues and how modifications in epigenetic mechanisms play an important role in adaption.

Dame Caroline will be awarded medal and a gift of £2,000 at the Royal Society's Anniversary Day in November 2016.

Past winners

Professor John Sutherland was awarded the Darwin Medal 2014 for his novel and convincing work on prebiotic chemistry, in particular his solution to the central problem of nucleoside synthesis.

Dr Timothy Clutton-Brock FRS was awarded the Darwin Medal 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.

See full list of all past winners of the Darwin Medal.