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Darwin Medal

The chordate amphioxus, one of the many animals on which Professor Holland has worked. Credit Peter Holland FRS.

Darwin medallist 2019

Professor Peter Holland FRSProfessor Peter Holland FRS

The Darwin Medal 2019 is awarded to Professor Peter Holland FRS for his work with many organisms and genes elucidating key aspects of how changes in the genome influence evolution of animal development. 

Professor Holland will be awarded a medal and a gift of £2,000 at the Society's Anniversary Day meeting on 29 November 2019.

The award

The Darwin Medal is awarded 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 medal is of silver gilt, was awarded biennially until 2018 and is now awarded annually, and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000. 


The call for nominations opens on 29 November 2019.

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Past winners

Professor William Hill OBE FRS was awarded the 2018 Darwin Medal 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. 

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. 

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

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