The Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal and Lecture 2022 is awarded to Dr Philip Ball for his outstanding commitments to sharing the social, cultural, and historical context of science through editorial work for the journal Nature, together with considerable, prolific, and award-winning freelance science writing.
The Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal and Lecture is given for excellence in a subject relating to the history of science, philosophy of science or the social function of science. The Wilkins, Bernal and Medawar lectures were originally delivered as three separate lectures, each given triennially. Since 2007, they have been combined under the one title of the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Lecture. The medal is of bronze, is awarded annually and is accompanied by a gift of £2,000.
The Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar medal and lecture is open to UK/Commonwealth/Irish Republic citizens or those who have been residents for three or more years. There are no restrictions on career stage and nominations will remain valid and shall be considered by the award selection committee throughout three nomination cycles.
For further information on the eligibility criteria and the nominations process, please see our guidance (PDF).
Nominations for this award will open in November 2023.
Dr Philip Ball was awarded the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal in 2022 and will present his lecture in 2023.
Professor June Barrow-Green was awarded the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal in 2021 and presented her lecture The History of Women and Maths.
Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRS was awarded the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal in 2020 and presented his lecture What is (Quantum) Life?
Professor Simon Schaffer was awarded the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal in 2019 and presented his lecture Defining science through history.
See full list of all past winners of the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Lecture.