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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 winner 2018 

Professor Mark JacksonProfessor Mark Jackson

The Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal 2018 is awarded to Professor Mark Jackson for his significant contributions in popularising medical history and the medical humanities.

Professor Jackson will be presented with a medal of silver gilt and a gift of £2,000 at the associated lecture, to be given in spring 2019.

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, and have been given annually.


The call for nominations is now closed. The next round of nominations will open in November 2018.

Past winners

Professor Michela Massimi was awarded the 2017 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal and presented her lecture 'Why the philosophy of science matters to scientists' in May 2018.

Professor Jon Agar, Professor of Science and Technology Studies, University College London, gave the 2016 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Lecture with the talk 'The curious history of curiosity-driven research'

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

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