The RSNSW History and Philosophy of Science Medal

The Society’s History and Philosophy of Science Medal is awarded each year to recognise outstanding achievement in the History and Philosophy of Science with preference being given to the study of ideas, institutions, and individuals of significance to the practice of the natural sciences in Australia.

Nominations for the award close on 30 September of each year. A letter of nomination and the nominee’s full curriculum vitae should be sent to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This award also allows self-nomination. In the case of nominations by others, the agreement of the nominee must be appended to the letter of nomination. The winner will be expected to submit an unpublished essay, drawing on recent work, which will be considered for publication in the Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales.

The medal is presented at the Society's Annual Dinner.

The Royal Society of NSW History and Philosophy of Science Medal was established in 2013 to recognize outstanding achievement in the History and Philosophy of Science. It was first awarded in 2014.

Persons nominated will have made a significant contribution to the understanding of the history and philosophy of science, with preference being given to the study of ideas, institutions and individuals of significance to the practice of the natural sciences in Australia. Entries may be made by nomination or direct submission.

All entries should be accompanied by a full curriculum vitae and include a one-page statement setting out the case for award. In the case of nominations, the agreement of the nominee must be obtained by the nominator before submission and included with the entry. The winner will be expected to submit an unpublished essay, drawing on recent work, which will be considered for publication in the Society’s Journal and Proceedings during the following year.

RSNSW History and Philosophy of Science Medal 2019

The Medal for 2019 has been awarded to Professor Evelleen Richards, an Honorary Professor in the School of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney. Professor Richards is an Australian scholar of outstanding achievement and international standing. Her work is particularly notable in that she has made significant contributions to answering key questions in the history of science, especially in the history and historiography of evolutionary theory, as well as to the study of contemporary research policy in science and medicine. Her studies in the contextual history of evolutionary biology are internationally regarded as offering a major advance in the understanding and interpretation of the scientific past. Her recent book on the genesis and reception of Charles Darwin’s concept of sexual selection, “Darwin and the Making of Sexual Selection” has generated substantial international impact, being awarded the 2018 Suzanne J Levinson Prize of the US History of Science Society. Equally remarkable during her career has been her engagement with the history and socio-politics of medicine and their policy implications, demonstrating the importance of historical and sociological analyses in illuminating medical practices and policy, particularly in relation to clinical trials and drug regulation.

RSNSW History and Philosophy of Science Medal 2018

The Medal for 2018 was awarded to Professor Paul Griffiths FAHA FRSN of the Department of Psychology at the University of Sydney. Professor Griffiths is renowned for his work in the philosophy of biology, in particular for his distinctive theoretical and methodological contributions to the philosophy of biological development, ranging across genetics, genomics and evolutionary biology. He also made significant contributions to the philosophy of cognitive science, and most recently, to the philosophy of medicine.

Year     Medallist

2014    Ann Moyal

2015    Professor Warwick Anderson

2016    Professor Roy MacLeod

2017    Professor Peter Godfrey-Smith

2018    Professor Paul Griffiths

2019    Professor Evelleen Richards

 

 

Nominations

These prestigious awards for excellence in science, engineering, philosophy and the arts, awarded by Australia's oldest learned society, recognise outstanding achievements.  

In 2021, nominations will be sought for the:
James Cook MedalClarke Medal and Memorial Lecture, Edgeworth David Medal, History and Philosophy of Science Medal, Pollock Memorial LectureWarren Prize, Archibald Ollé Prize, and the Royal Society of NSW Scholarships

Also, nominations will be sought for the Royal Society of NSW Medal and the Royal Society of NSW Citations, each of which recognise substantive contributions by a Member or Fellow to the work of the Society.

Nominations for the 2021 Awards open on 1 July 2021 and close on 30 September 2021. 

For 2021, each application must be accompanied by a completed nomination form (available from 1 July 2021) and supply the specified information.    

Information about the Awards and instructions for making nominations, click on the Award name in the drop-down list under the “Awards” menu.

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