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Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal and Lecture

John Wilkins FRS, John Desmond Bernal FRS, and Peter Medawar FRS

Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal and Lecture winner 2020

Jim Al-KhaliliProfessor Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRS

The Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal and Lecture 2020 is awarded to Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRS for his exceptional work in explaining complex ideas in modern physics in an approachable way, his contributions to televised histories of electricity and quantum physics, and his work ranging from very recent history of science to the history of Arabic science. 

Professor Al-Khalili will be presented with a medal and a gift of £2,000 at the associated prize lecture at a future date.

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The award

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. 


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Past winners

Professor Simon Schaffer was awarded the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal and Lecture 2019 for transforming understanding of the intellectual history of experimental science and his excellent communication of science in all media.

Professor Mark Jackson was awarded Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal in 2018 and presented his lecture Life begins at 40: the biological and cultural roots of the midlife crisis.

Professor Michela Massimi was awarded the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal in 2017 and presented her lecture Why philosophy of science matters to science.

See full list of all past winners of the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Lecture.

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