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Darwin Medal

Charles Darwin FRS

Darwin Medal winner 2018

Professor William Hill OBE FRSProfessor William Hill OBE FRS ©Anne Purkiss

The Darwin Medal 2018 is awarded to Professor William Hill OBE FRS for his contribution to our understanding of the genetics of quantitative traits and response to selection. This work is fundamental for evolutionary biology, as well as having great economic significance. 

Professor Hill will receive a medal of silver and a gift of £2,000 at the Society's Anniversary Day meeting on 30 November 2018.

The award

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

The next round of nominations opens in November 2019.

Past winners

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

Professor John Sutherland FRS 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.

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